Greece warned the nation of Russia on Monday not to intervene in its domestic affairs after Moscow alleged that the Prespa agreement was “imposed from the outside.”
The Greek government was responding to commentary by the Russian Foreign Ministry, which also claimed that the Greece-FYROM deal would undermine stability in the region. The Greek foreign ministry asked Moscow to “refrain from similar statements that constitute an intervention in the domestic affairs of Greece.”
The Greek constitution “has explicit regulations to manage every possible event in the domestic political order, which (area) undoubtedly does not lend itself to comments by third parties.”
It said this intervention by Russia “does not befit the level of relations enjoyed by Greece and Russia, and with the historical ties of friendship between the two peoples.”
The ministry also called on Greece’s international allies to “respect the spirit and letter of the Agreement”.
It also intimated that Russia should actually “applaud the fact that the political leadership of both countries (Greece and FYROM) had the necessary political courage to reach a resolution of an especially thorny issue, defending at the same time their own national interests.”
The Prespa Agreement will help establish stability and peace in the Balkans, and provides an international model for resolving differences under the aegis of the United Nations without third-party interventions, according to the Greek Foreign Ministry.