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Foreign Affairs Min. Dendias heads to Moscow on Wednesday on official visit
06 11 2019Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias is heading to Moscow on Wednesday in his first official visit to the Russian capital, where he will meet with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
According to diplomatic sources, Dendias' visit comes at a delicate geopolitical circumstances, with Russia involved with heightened presence in the northeastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Greece, sources say, in this case aims to launch a new chapter in the otherwise traditionally excellent relations with Russia, on the basis of a sincere dialogue in regularly held meetings, a diplomatic outlook also described in a joint Greece-Russia Consultations Program 2020-2022, which the two ministers are expected to sign.
The agenda of talks between Dendias-Lavrov is said to be multitudinous, as per sources, including the latest developments in Syria and Ukraine, the eastern Mediterranean and Turkey's provocations, the Cyprus issue, the migration crisis, as well as the Russian Federation's relations with the EU.
On the latter, it is said how Dendias intends to underline that Greece believes Russia is an integral part of the European security infrastructure, and that it would like to contribute toward a constructive EU-Russia dialogue and to an overall improvement of said relations.
Energy policy collaborations will also be explored, in natural gas and renewable energy sources.