Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s working visit to the Hellenic Republic

1833-27-10-2020

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On October 26, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was in the Hellenic Republic on a working visit.

Sergey Lavrov met in Athens with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, held talks with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and had a brief conversation with the leader of the opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) Alexis Tsipras.

The agenda included discussions on the current issues of bilateral cooperation in various spheres. The sides expressed readiness to continue their interaction despite the adverse epidemiological situation and agreed to redouble their efforts to expand their economic partnership. They noted a positive public response to the events of the concluding Cross-Year of Language and Literature and also reviewed the legal framework of cooperation.

The sides exchanged views on international and regional issues, focusing on the alarming escalation in Eastern Mediterranean. They emphasised the importance of stabilising the situation in the region exclusively by political means. Sergey Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s consistent position in favour of an early resumption of the intra-community talks on the settlement of the Cypriot problem based on UN Security Council resolutions. The sides also discussed developments in the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans and the South Caucasus.

Following the talks, the foreign ministers of Russia and Greece signed a joint memorandum on holding a Russia-Greece Year of History in 2021.

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