The Greek government has decided to expel two Russian diplomats and ban the entry of two others, accusing them of attempting to interfere in Greece’s internal affairs, as well as undermining the Agreement regarding the name with Macedonia, reports the Greek daily “Kathimerini”.
Diplomats have been charged with attempts to obtain and distribute information, as well as the bribing of Greek officials. According to senior sources in Greek diplomatic circles, Athens urgently demanded that Viktor Yakovlev and another man from the embassy have to leave Greece.
There were allegedly a number of coordinated efforts to intensify Russian influence in Greece, among others, through the activities of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society. There was a clear signs that Russia had intentions to intervene regarding the sensitive issue of the Treaty between Greece and Macedonia and to negatively influence Greek policy in the Balkans.
Today Russian Foreign Ministry officials have stated they would respond in the appropriate manner regarding the expulsion of Russian diplomats.
According to the newspaper, they tried to influence some municipalities, some of the Metropolitans of the Greek Orthodox Church through bribery, as well as to gain greater influence on Mount Athos.