In an interview with TASS Russian News Agency, Russian ambassador in Athens Andrey Maslov stated that, under the current circumstances, the scheduled visit of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Greece next fall is postponed. Mr. Maslov also added that Greek diplomats are about to be deported from Russia, but their number and the time of their deportation are still unknown.

In the meantime, in the meeting of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias at Maximos Mansion on Thursday, it was stressed that Greece will respond decisively whenever its national sovereignty is affected; however, the government keeps to and will continue keeping to its steadfast policy to promote relations with Russia at bilateral and multilateral level.