Greek as a foreign language will be taught in Russian schools as of January 1, 2017. The final decision and approval was signed by Russian Minister of Education, Olga Vasilieva.

“This achievement comes as a result of many years of efforts of AUTH to promote the Greek language in the Black Sea countries,” noted the rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Pericles Mitkas.

“The introduction of the teaching of the Greek language in primary and secondary education in Russia creates strong promotion of Greek foundations in Russia as well as prospects for further cooperation in the field of culture and education” said the new Consul General of Russia in Thessaloniki, Alexander Shcherbakov.