ANA-MPA -- President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Thursday highlighted the need for all countries to join together to meet the global challenges created by the refugee crisis and terrorism, in statements after his meeting in Moscow with Russian Duma Chairman Sergey Naryshkin.
Addressing Pavlopoulos, who is currently visiting Russia, Naryshkin hailed the Greek president's visit as extremely important for developing Greek-Russian bilateral relations.
"The relations of the two countries are not based only on our common historical roots, since we often have almost identical approaches to international issues. The known EU decisions hamper the full potential of our relations and we believe that we can overcome these problems. In your speech, you referred to very important issues, such as that laws must have the consent of citizens. These EU sanctions to not reflect the interests of our citizens and your excellent suggestions once again confirm the correctness of Greek views," Naryshkin said.
Pavlopoulos referred to Naryshkin's role as the "heart of the Russian State's Parliamentary system" and noted that "Russia has taken significant steps in the framework of representative democracy."
"I would like to stress to you that I - and by that I mean Greece - believe that the problems that have been created must be resolved as soon as possible. It is in the interests of Russia and the EU to normalise relations as quickly as possible and not just for economic reasons," he added.