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Appeal to stop the war in Ukraine immediately, completely and unconditionally, addressed the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias speaking at a teleconference of his Enhanced Standing Council OSCE, marking the one-year anniversary of the start of the Russian attack. “What we are asking is for this war to stop immediately, completely and unconditionally. Only then, can the real dialogue begin. A dialogue based on the fundamental principles of the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act” he said characteristically. He also made it clear that International Law is the cornerstone of our world order and that in the face of every challenge, respecting and applying it is the only way out.

Referring to Greece’s position, Nikos Dendias underlined that our country, from the first moment, condemned the war in Ukraine and made it clear: “The Greeks do not harbor feelings of enmity towards the Russian people. What we are against is revisionism and the tragedy it has created. Greece, united with its partners, stands in complete solidarity with Ukraine.”

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Furthermore, the Foreign Minister referred to the humanitarian aid provided by Greece to Ukraine. “My country has provided humanitarian aid, it has helped Ukrainians to defend their homeland, it has welcomed refugees fleeing war,” he stressed and sent the message that “it will continue to provide its support to Ukraine as long as this absurdity continues war”.

In his speech, following the EU statement, he pointed out that once the Cold War ended, Europe believed it had finally found its way to peace. “We were wrong. Today, we realize how much the world has changed in the last twelve months. There is now a real threat to European and global peace and stability. A year has already passed and the war in Ukraine continues. It is a war that is being waged in defiance of all rules and logic,” he noted.

Finally, the Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked the chairman of the Enhanced Permanent Council of the OSCE for the initiative of yesterday’s teleconference and all his counterparts for their firm commitment to the observance of the principles of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Law.