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Dendias Meets Black Sea Diaspora, Stresses Russian Role in Establishing Greek State

MOSCOW — Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias underlined Russia's important role in the establishment of the modern Greek state at his meeting with representatives of the Greek Diaspora communities in Gelendzhik, Russia on Tuesday.

"The new Greek state has a history of 200 years and Russia has played a very important role in [its] establishment …. The Russian fleet, along with the French and the British fleets, defeated the Turkish-Egyptian fleet. And in this way, the new Greek state was finally created following a hard-fought war by the Greeks against Ottoman Rule," Dendias said.

As Dendias pointed out, Greece has never forgotten what it owes to Russia and he pointed out that the Russian prime minister was in Athens for the celebrations for the 200-year anniversary since the Greek Revolution, adding that the Greek prime minister will pay a visit to Russia in return and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Dendias urged the Greek Diaspora communities to become "a bridge between Russian and the new Greece, which is entering the third century of its existence," noting that Greece's bonds with this Black Sea area go back 2,500 years.

"We will do everything possible to modernise our consulate in Novorossiysk with systems that will allow easier communication and facilitate you, so that you are able to visit your second homeland any time you want," Dendias underlined, adding that Greece will send Greek teachers "so that all those who so desire can become familiar with the Greek language and traditions".

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