Geopolitical Context of Russian and Turkish Ambitions and the Ecumenical Patriarchy

The Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)

Moscow’s interest in Eastern Orthodoxy is an integral part of Russia’s geopolitical grand strategy with the Middle East and central to its ambitions. Moscow has supported the regime in Syria in order to maintain its naval facility, however, there are other considerations, especially religious. The naval base located in Tartus, a city in Northern Syria, is the only foreign Russian base. In 2017, Moscow signed a new lease with the Bashir al-Assad that will permit Moscow to expand the base …

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  1. When the first modern Olympics bankrupted Greece,
    Greeks, like the Elitis and Seferis families, prefered to go to Turkey than Russia.
    The Russians were never interested in religion, they only wanted the straits.
    All their spiritual quietude results from nursing hangovers.

  2. Greeks have to appreciate that the Venetians and the Ottomans protected the straits from the Russians

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