Greek Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko expressed their joint volition to strengthen relations between their two countries, in statement after a meeting held in Athens on Friday.
Katrougalos said that economic and political relations between Russia and Greece have historically been very good and will be improved even further in the future. He added that, during the meeting, the ministers reaffirmed their “commitment to international law, as well as the need to resolve differences through recourse to dialogue and with respect to sovereignty, without interfering with the internal affairs of other countries.”
Talks were focused on bilateral and peripheral issues, particularly the economy. Katrougalos also announced that the next Joint Interministerial Committee between Russia and Greece will take place on April in Thessaloniki.
From his side, Grushko stated that “Russian and Greek views as far as stabilisation and stability in the region are concerned are either very close or identical,” adding that both countries agree that the wider region should not be turned into an arena of antagonism.
Grushko went on to note that the two ministers evaluated the progress regarding what was agreed in Moscow in December between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin and found it to be satisfactory on all accounts. He also identified the sectors of energy, the economy, investments, tourism, transport and high technology as potential areas of cooperation and expressed the belief that there is a lot of potential for development.
Finally, Grushko referred to the celebrations scheduled to take place in the context of the year of Russian language and literature in Greece and the year of Greek language and literature in Russia, which, he said, will deepen relations between the two countries.