Two Russian diplomats were ordered by the Greek ministry of Foreign Affairs to leave the country accusing them of intrusion into domestic affairs and illegal acts, Greek media report.
Daily Kathimerini says that Athens is accusing the Russian diplomats of efforts to extract and circulate information, and to bribe Greek state operatives, which have failed.
The paper quotes “high-level Greek diplomatic sources”, according to whom the two diplomats tried to bribe municipalities and high-level clergy in the Greek Orthodox Church in order to increase Russia’s influence in Mount Athos.
They also accuse them of trying to intervene in a sensitive domestic issue like the agreement between Greece and FYROM over the name, and by doing so negatively affect Greece’s role in the Balkans.
There has been no official confirmation of the expulsions by Greece or Russia.