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Greek PM Mitsotakis Welcomes US Secretary of State Blinken at Maximos Mansion

February 20, 2023

ATHENS – United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived “at a time of great challenges,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said welcoming the American official in Athens on Monday evening, and referring to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“It is very clear we must convey the message that every form of revisionism, every change of borders through violence, cannot be accepted by the international community of democratic states,” Mitsotakis said at opening statements to their meeting.

(Read also: Turkey Rejects Links Between NATO Expansion, F-16 Deal)

The Greek premier also spoke of Greece becoming an energy hub and ending its dependence on Russian natural gas imports, and the expressed his sadness over the earthquake devastation in Türkiye while reiterating Greece’s support to the neighboring country.

Greek Ambassador George Tsounis receives US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Athens, February 20, 2023. Photo. Twitter/@USAmbassadorGR

Blinken, who is visiting Greece for the first time under his current role, spoke of alliances created to support Ukraine, and praised Greece’s role as one of the first to express its support. Greece plays a leading role in the region, the US secretary of state said, particularly in environmental issues and in promoting the EU accession of Western Balkan countries.

Referring to the launch of the 4th round of the Greece-US Strategic Dialogue – which he will inaugurate with his Greek counterpart, Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias, on Tuesday – Blinken said what linked Greece and the US was their commitment to democracy, a Greek idea.

Both Mitsotakis and Blinken spoke of the strong and strategic ties between the two countries, while Blinken added he looks forward to the deepening of relations between the two peoples.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, right, speaks with Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, on Monday, Feb. 20, 2023. Blinken will be on a two-day trip in Athens, after his visit to Turkey, to meet with the country’s leadership and launch the fourth round of the US-Greece Strategic Dialogue.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, right, speaks with Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, on Monday, Feb. 20, 2023. Blinken will be on a two-day trip in Athens, after his visit to Turkey, to meet with the country’s leadership and launch the fourth round of the US-Greece Strategic Dialogue.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greek Ambassador George Tsounis receives US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Athens, February 20, 2023. Photo. Twitter/@USAmbassadorGR

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