“Greece is in a triangle of insecurity – the three vertices of which are Libya, Ukraine and the Middle East – stressing that Greece has its own stabilizing role in the region”
- No direct reference to Russian Responsibility
The text calls on all sides to take responsibility. There is a more specific reference to Russia. This reference has to do with its responsibilities in its relations with the separatists. There is no direct reference to Russian responsibility.
- The difficult part, the new sanctions: Removed
“The main thing we wanted to be removed, and for which we fought for two hours – half of the time we were in the Council was spent on this issue – was the proposal for new sanctions. This was certainly a difficult negotiation. Unusually for the Council of Ministers, many Ministers spoke two, three or four times. The phrase providing for the new sanctions on Russia was removed. We explained, in my intervention, that the sanctions are not producing results, as sanctions – as is apparent from a number of countries, including Iran, Iraq and Cuba, as well as in the case of Russia – have not averted what they supposedly want to avert”, said Niko Kotziast foreign and Greek correspondents .
“We called on the Council of Ministers to think strategically, and not just with regard to today, about what the precise goal of our policy is on the issue of Ukraine and in Russia. That is,
whether we want a broken Russia, a state of affairs that would, however, mean a lot of pain for the whole of Europe”
Germany and France supported Greek positions, wrote the neurope.eu, considering, explains the article, that Greece is right, and submitted an amended resolution on Ukraine, while the UK, taking the opposite side, threatened with a veto for more than one hour demanding additional sanction against Russia, Greece’s Foreign Minister said Speaking after the end of the Foreign Minister’s extraordinary meeting, Nikos Kotzias, at the head of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs for only two days, also praised the negotiating ability of High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, noting that yesterdays seriously amended resolution was a result of diplomatic efforts that took place the last few days.
He noted that the Resolution was amended so that Greece is satisfied with it, mostly because it does not contain new sanctions but only extends existing ones and this only until September and not until December as was originally planned.
Minister also underlined that Greece no longer simply accepts what others in the European Union are preparing but has it’s own opinion and ideas in order to better promote the interests of both Greece and the European Union.
EU Foreign Affairs rep: Greece kept a ‘constructive and positive stance’ at Council meeting
She said that the “particularly positive stance” of Greece allowed the reaching of a compromise solution that was substantial and credible.
The foreign minsiters decided to extend to September the first group of sanctions on Russians and pro-Russia separatists in the Ukraine. See our Earlier story
Embargo, visas and Russian travel to Greece : a crisis, “diplomatizkaya” by all means…
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sources: Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Europe, sofokleous.gr