ATHENS — Greece and Russia have historic ties and Greece wishes to strengthen them in sectors beyond tourism, Alternate Foreign Affairs Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said on Thursday, after a teleconference he held with Russian Federation Transport Minister Vitaly Saveliev.
The two officials, co-chairs of the Joint Interministerial Greece-Russia Committee, spoke ahead of the March 24-25 visit of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who will be in Athens for 200th anniversary celebrations of the Greek Revolution.
In a statement, Varvitsiotis said he discussed with Savaliev expanding bilateral collaboration in energy, road and railroad transport, infrastructure, digital services, construction, technology and farm produce, including through consortia between Greek and Russian businesses.
The Greek minister also reiterated the request for the repatriation of the Greek Jewish Communities' archives, which were transferred from Berlin to Moscow after World War II. "It is important for both sides, in the framework of the Joint History Year, to provide a solution to this problem, conveying the message that our cultural and historical relations are moving at a fast pace," he said.