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Speech at the official dinner on behalf of President of Greece Katerina Sakellaropoulou

Mikhail Mishustin’s bake:

Madam President, Mr Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to cordially thank our Greek friends for their hospitality and the warm welcome we received in Athens.

This year we will celebrate a landmark event, 200 years since the Greek people started a war for independence, which resulted in the long desired freedom from the Ottoman Empire. Russia made a substantial contribution to this.

We also helped each other throughout various difficult times in history. Russian seamen took part in the international peacekeeping mission on Crete. Our men and officers fought on the Macedonian (Salonika) front during WWI. During WWII, they fought against the Nazi occupiers side by side with the Greek resistance fighters.

Relations between Russia and Greece go back still further. They developed over many centuries ago and are rooted in the age of the Byzantine Empire.

Our peoples share a common history and common cultural and spiritual values, as well as deep sympathy, of course. The upcoming Russian-Greek Cross Year of History will give our people an opportunity to learn more about each other.

We set a high value on the traditions of friendship and mutual understanding that have developed between Russia and Greece. They provide a solid foundation for our cooperation in a variety of spheres, from transportation and energy to the agricultural and high-tech industries.

And I definitely must not forget to mention the love that Russian tourists feel for Greek resorts.

Of course, the coronavirus has changed our common agenda. I believe that Russia and Greece should now do their very best to expand their practical collaboration, promote cooperation and implement new promising projects to the benefit of our peoples. We should also develop constructive interaction between Russia and the European Union based on equality and mutual respect for each other’s interests. I believe that we have the necessary capability for this.

I would like to once again offer our warm and cordial greetings on the occasion of the national holiday of the Hellenic Republic, Independence Day, and to wish prosperity to Greece and health and happiness to the friendly Greek people.

Thank you.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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