“Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has accused Russia of attempting to sabotage a historic diplomatic agreement with Macedonia in order to stop the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) into Eastern Europe.
‘Russia must realize that it cannot disrespect the national interests of another state because it feels it is stronger,’ Kotzias told reporters in a series of interviews over the weekend. “Greece has decided to send a message to the east and the west, towards all its friends and others, that regardless of who is violating the principles of national sovereignty and respect toward us, measures will be taken.”
The statement was made shortly after Athens announced that it will expel several Russian diplomats for their alleged interference in the country’s foreign policy. Greece accused the Russian officials of attempting to stir up opposition to a historic agreement reached with its tiny neighbor the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.” (Newsweek)