Greece took the side of its partners in NATO and the European Union for European unity, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on March 27, in an interview with the Greek newspaper Real News.
Foreign Secretary Nikos Dendias gave an exclusive interview with a Greek publication about the position of Greece in the war with Ukraine, about the Greek-Russian relations, as well as about the recent meeting Kyriakos Mitsotakis from Recep Tayyip Erdoganpointing out the need to condemn any revisionism.
The correspondent reminded the head of the diplomatic service that Greece had taken its side from the very beginning of the Russian operation in Ukraine and asked whether the Greek authorities had acted correctly when they sent weapons to the Ukrainian people.
According to Mr. Dendias, Greece’s position was clear from the very beginning. Before the operation began, Greece stated that it was acting on the basis of the principle of territorial integrity and sovereignty of each state. The country’s top diplomat said Greece is working closely with its partners and allies in international organizations such as EU and NATO, with which they make joint decisions.
At the same time, he noted that “in Within these principles, when the EU decided to impose sanctions against Russia, we took the side of our partners, because all countries that support international law cannot but be strong.”
Also, Mr. Dendias noted that Greece could not not to take part in the supply of weapons to Ukraine. He added that he fully and unconditionally supports Ukraine in its struggle for independence.
Russia recognized the existence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics on February 21. Two days later, on February 23, Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexandros Papainnos summoned the Russian ambassador in this regard. On the same day, Papaioannou could not answer a single question from a TASS correspondent, including whether Greece considers it necessary to announce sanctions against the United States if Kosovo is recognized.
On February 26, several ethnic Greeks were killed in Mariupol and its region. The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that there were Ukrainian nationalists in these areas, including those with the use of Grad MLRS. The Greek Foreign Ministry blamed Russia for the death of its compatriots. Most of the Greek media adhere to the version that only Russians are to blame for everything.
As we reported earlier, on February 28, the Greek authorities sent 2 planes with weapons to Ukraine: Kalashnikov assault rifles, rockets and ammunition – while several boxes of humanitarian aid were loaded into one of the planes.
Greece was one of the first in the European Union to fully approve all EU sanctions against Russia, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on all NATO countries to join anti-Russian sanctions.