Will Russia expel Greek diplomats from Russia in response to the Greek actions?
The Greek government will not tolerate disrespect for international law and the Greek state, Greek Cabinet Spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Wednesday commenting on reports concerning the Greek authorities’ decision to expel two Russian diplomats and ban two others from entering the country.
The Greek Kathimerini daily earlier reported citing diplomatic sources that Athens had decided to expel two Russian diplomats and ban two others from entering the country.
According to the paper, the Greek authorities accuse the diplomats of meddling in the country’s domestic affairs and undermining the national security of Greece.
The newspaper says that the diplomats are accused, in particular, of attempts to get and disseminate information and bribe state officials. Athens’ decision is said to be a response to a number of well-coordinated steps aimed at expanding Russia’s influence in Greece.