Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s working visit to Greece
On November 1-2, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was in the Hellenic Republic on a working visit.
Mr Lavrov was received by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and held talks with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kodzias. The officials discussed in detail opportunities for promoting bilateral relations in various areas, paying special attention to trade and economic cooperation, and bolstering the investment and energy partnership. They also analysed the status of the treaties at the foundation of bilateral ties.
They had a useful exchange of opinions on international issues, including the developments in Syria and in the Middle East and North Africa more broadly, the struggle against the terrorist threat and ways to resolve the migration crisis in Europe. Discussing the crisis in Ukraine, the ministers agreed that there is no alternative to the strict implementation of the Minsk agreements by the sides to the conflict.
The ministers agreed that the Russia-Greece cross years of culture under the patronage of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras have helped bring the countries closer together. In this context Mr Lavrov and Mr Kodzias opened the Fourth Russian-Greek Civil Society Forum and the exhibition “Hermitage: Gateway to History” in the Byzantine Museum in Athens.
In connection with the 10th meeting of the mixed Russian-Greek Commission on Economic, Industrial, Scientific and Technical Cooperation due on November 4, the ministers agreed to step up the work of this coordinating mechanism with the aim of improving practical cooperation.
During the visit, the foreign ministries of the two countries signed a plan of consultations for 2017-2019. This is a foundation for comparing approaches to pressing bilateral, European and regional issues.
Mr Lavrov accepted an invitation to meet with leaders of the New Democracy party and received an honorary doctorate at a ceremony at the University of Piraeus.