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Greece–Russia: Seeking a Firm Orientation Between Aspirations and Reality

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Abstract

The mapping of Greek-Russian relations, despite their limited extent, runs up against a number of complexities, mainly due to the fact that aspirations and sentiment have usually been put before pragmatism and interests. At the same time, due to Russia’s broadly positive image in Greece, there are few obstacles to the development of ties with Moscow—a fact that has on occasion been exploited politically. However, given the constraints deriving from Greece’s position in Euroatlantic institutions, a certain diffidence on the part of the Greek political establishment, and the Kremlin’s disinclination to trust Athens, Greek-Russian relations over the past 20 years have been characterized by goodwill and sporadic, tentative deepening, with limited substance and content.

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Foreign Policy Bilateral Relation Greek Government European Partner Greek Debt 
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