The Kremlin’s strongly dissatisfied with the Greek Government, after its refusal of the request of Vladimir Putin to visit Mount Athos and Vatopedi Monastery during Holy Week. In particular, Russian leader expressed his personal desire to make a quick day-trip to Mount Athos in Holy Week, and to see Abbot Ephrem of Vatopedi Monastery as part of his visit. In rejecting the application, however, the Greek government gave the Kremlin the excuse that the government of the country would be on holiday at that time. The Kremlin expressed its deep displeasure at the postponement of Putin’s planned trip due to this refusal by the Greek government.
Statement of Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Grigoris Delavekurasa:
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is always welcome in our country. Moreover, beyond the historical friendly links between our two countries, it’d be a distinct honour for Greece to be the first country to host Mr Putin after his recent election as President of the Russian Federation. We’ll be glad to welcome him, and we hope that he’ll visit our country as soon as possible, as early as Easter; he can officially go to Mount Athos or to anywhere else that he desires.
The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement stating that the Minister first learned of the planned trip to Mount Athos of PM Vladimir Putin from media reports. According to Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekurasa, they didn’t receive a request for a visit to Mount Athos from the Government of the Russian Federation, so, therefore, there’s no problem with any such request. The official also said that the Greek side would always be pleased to host the Russian Prime Minister and President-elect, according to the “Amen” news agency.
5 April 2012
This has George Stephanopoulos’ fingerprints all over it. All Russian Orthodox people in the diaspora know how he interfered in the ROCOR reconciliation in the early 2000s through the agency of his sister, who was a nun in the ROCOR (along with other US diplomatic types who intervened directly, such as Herbst). Obviously, he got some pro-American lickspittle underling to reject VVP’s application… and that underling is going to walk the plank, no doubt about it. Don’t cry for them, though… Langley will take care to see that they don’t starve or go without… after all, Langley has to show their patsies that the rightwing radicals are “better” than the Left. What’s interesting is that such people are cut adrift if the rightwingers win… you see, the bottom line’s important. You expected “conservatives” to show human feelings and gratitude… silly wabbit…