The commitment of the Greek government to do everything it can to secure the future of the Greek community in Mariupol was underlined by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, as he arrived for the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday, which will discuss the situation in Ukraine and the Russian invasion.
Dendias stated that he will raise the issue of Mariupol in the Council: “I intend to raise the issue of Mariupol, the issue of the Greek community in Mariupol and the total destruction of the city by the Russian troops. Chechen fighters are currently fighting in Mariupol. The Chechen army has come from the Russian side and the city is completely destroyed. The Greek government has a special interest, because of the presence of the Greek community there, and we will do everything we can to ensure the future of this community.”
The Greek foreign minister also noted that the Council will discuss the issue of Sahel, another area that affects security in Europe, as well as issues of the Strategic Compass. As he said, “the future of our strategic perspective and how Europe will proceed from now on” will be discussed. He stressed that “what Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said is very important for Greece. Defence spending should be excluded from these calculations. European defence is now an issue that concerns everyone, not just Greece.”