Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov heaped praise on Greece as a tourism destination in a video message recorded on board the International Space Station (ISS) where he is currently serving as mission commander.
The message hailed the Greece-Russia Year of Tourism, an initiative signed by Greece’s Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura with Russia’s Deputy Culture Minister Alla Manilova.
In his message, Shkaplerov referred to Fyodor Yurchikhin, a Russian cosmonaut of Greek descent, and the strong bonds with Greece developed by Russian cosmonauts who go there for rehabilitation due to its ideal climate and conditions.
“This is why I took the logo of the National Tourism Organisation into space with me and the songs of the Greek ‘Orpheus’ Giorgos Dalaras, ” he said, displaying the small blue logo pin on camera.
He also noted the recent development of tourism resorts in southern Russia and a first-ever Festival of Ancient Heritage being held in Novorossiysk and other cities with ties to ancient Greece, ending the recording with the message:
“Hurrah for the friendship of Russia and Greece!”.
Video in Russian with Greek subtitles