Hand grenade attack against Russian Consulate in Athens

Attackers threw an explosive device at the Russian Consulate in Athens, at 4:00 am, on Friday.

The device exploded near the police booth, causing minor damage. No injuries were reported. Police forces immediately rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area. No one has claimed responsibility so far.

The Hellenic Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the attack, which caused minor damage but no injuries. In line with the statement:

The traditional and age-old relations of sincere friendship and cooperation with Russia will not be affected by unlawful and utterly contemptible acts.” Further, the ministry added that the competent Greek authorities will take all necessary actions to investigate the incident and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

For his part, Foreign Minister George Katrougalos offered assurances that all the necessary measures will be taken to avoid such incidents in the future. The Minister underlined that Greece is a safe country, adding that attacks like the one at the Russian consulate this morning represent only isolated incidents:

“Today’s incident outside the Russian Embassy’s consular section did not affect the operation of the consulate or the embassy’s in general,” the Russian Embassy in Athens said in a post on the Embassy’s twitter account.

In two posts the Embassy sternly condemned “illegal actions of this kind” and expressed its “gratitude to the Greek authorities for their immediate response,” noting that it remains in close cooperation with them.

Source ANA-MPA
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