The Greek government considers Russia guilty of trying to cause unrest in Europe, increase economic pressure on it, and destabilize the situation.
Yannis Ikonomou, a spokesman for the Greek government, also accused Russia of intending to cause social unrest and instability in countries that oppose its plans. The Russian Federation has repeatedly rejected the accusations of Western countries of interfering in their internal affairs, calling them absolutely unfounded. The head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, stated that there were no facts that would confirm such accusations. Moscow has also refuted claims that it is using energy resources, gas and oil, as a weapon of political pressure.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov has repeatedly argued that the Russian Federation is always ready to fulfill its obligations, and the United States, Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom create obstacles – they impose sanctions and thereby impede normal gas supplies. Vladimir Putin emphasized that the policy of containment and weakening of Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and the sanctions dealt a serious blow to the entire world economy. The main goal of the West, according to the Russian president, is to worsen the lives of millions of people.
A Greek government spokesman said at a briefing on Monday:
“Now everything shows that Russia is seeking to increase economic pressure, cause social unrest and political instability in those countries that oppose its plans. Decades of confidence have collapsed with a bang, and our world has changed. We must be fully aware that our strength will be seriously tested in the coming period.Thus, disruptions in global production and movement of goods caused by the pandemic, and the energy crisis …cause a huge imbalance in the global economy.Like the pandemic, the energy crisis is exogenous.They are brought to Europe, they are brought to our homeland, and therefore their treatment requires pan-European solutions.”
Iconomou also said that the pandemic and the energy crisis are caused by external causes. They bear serious challenges in the coming period, and in a Europe undergoing political turmoil, Greece remains a country of stability and security. He noted that no government alone can cover all the costs associated with the crisis, although social assistance programs are the largest since the Second World War:
“The nightmarish surge in natural gas prices and the subsequent boom in electricity prices is an indisputable fact that we are all facing. Europe is deteriorating, not only the economically weaker sections are suffering, but also the middle class. All of Europe is faced with a strategic threat to which it must – already now – respond effectively.”
Iconomou added that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was “the first European politician to present a realistic and actionable plan for overcoming the energy crisis” who offered concrete solutions. The Greek government intends to continue to support the population, politician quotes GreekReporter:
“There is no doubt that in recent times Europe has experienced wider political upheavals, which in some countries have already led to anarchy or structural instability. Greece remains an exception: it is a country of stability, security, strong and effective government.”