This week President of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis has paid an official visit to Moscow. During his stay he held negotiations with the leadership of both houses of Russia’s Parliament. Apart from strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation, the meeting is timed to coincide with the Russian-Greek bilateral year.
Talking with Voutsis, Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin emphasized active cooperation between the two countries. As Volodin put it, “There are few countries bound together by such common historical values and shared history like us. Historically, the Russia-Greek dialogue has firmly been based on mutual trust, spirituality, intimacy, and special sympathy towards each other”.
In his turn, Nikos Voutsis paid attention to his country’s predicaments in the region. As the Speaker of the Greek Parliament stated, “Our country is in the throes of the economic and migrant crises confronting Europe. However, wisdom accumulated over the 6-year-long economic recession helps us, let’s say, to adopt a holistic approach”.
At the talks Voutsis also touched upon the anti-Russian economic sanctions by arguing that the restrictive penalties severely dent the countries’ economic ties. At the same time, Voutsis maintained that there was considerable scope for closer collaboration, which could be underpinned by tourism.
Adopted from Rossiyskaya Gazeta
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