The assessment of the Mitsotaki-Putin meeting and the restart in Greek-Russian relations

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The restart in Greek-Russian relations meant yesterday the visit of the Prime Minister and his three-hour meeting with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, at his holiday home in Sochi.

The pursuit of the Greek side after the passing of Covid’s adventure is reportedly the investigation of an independent economic relationship between Greece and Russia, mainly through the activity of Greek companies, but also the increase of Russian investments in Greece.

Particular emphasis is given to the issue of tourism, where according to information the two leaders pledged that in view of the summer of 2022, charter flights can resume. In fact, on the Russian side there is satisfaction for the fact that Greece approved the Russian Sputnik vaccine.

The prevailing assessment in Athens is that Greek-Russian relations, whose range is wide, are not affected by Greece’s participation in the EU and NATO and that Greece maintains an honest relationship with Russia with the motto remaining “we know where we belong – we protect the relationship with Russia. “

On the Greek-Turkish front, Athens reaffirms in the background of the Mitsotaki-Putin meeting that Turkey is not involved in this issue, talking about Russia’s careful neutrality. In any case, the reality regarding the Greek side is that we do not ask for Moscow’s intervention in the Greek-Turkish side, nor does it offer such a perspective.

However, the Greek government acknowledges that Russia’s stance on the Cyprus issue, which favors a just and viable solution based on a bi-zonal and bi-communal federation, and Libya, which favors holding elections within the set timetable, is close to Athens. .

In the aftermath of the two-hour Biden-Putin teleconference on Tuesday, the government considers the current lengthy contact between the two leaders to be very important, which, as it is understood, was not only about bilateral issues. According to the Greek side, Moscow knows that the EU and NATO do not want an escalation of tension on the Ukrainian front, as they understand that such a development would lead to sanctions against Russia.

The two men also discussed the course of the pandemic. The Greek side appears, according to information, justified by the developments and does not intend to change the main pillars of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, in the wake of Pfizer’s conclusions about the “Omicron” mutation, the government considers that their central options, such as timely access to the booster dose, as well as reducing the distance from the second to the third dose in three of the 6 months , are interventions in the right direction.

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