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live Athens recalls its ambassador in the Czech Republic

22 December 2015 / 15:12:08  GRReporter
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Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recalled its ambassador to the country in the Czech Republic, Panagiotis Sarris, for further political talks, as announced by the Greek information website skai.gr.

The decision is a response to the statements made by Czech President Milos Zeman that his country would join the euro zone a day after Greece left the zone of ​​the common European currency.

In statements for the Slovak news agency TASR Zeman said, "The Czech Republic should adopt the euro on the first day after Greece’s exit." He expressed regret that the country is still a member of the euro zone with the words, "Although Greece was very close to Grexit, I was disappointed with the result."

Athens’ first reaction to these statements came as early as last Friday, when the spokesman of Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that "the Czech Republic is a member of the European Union thanks to Greece."

In comments to skai.gr, diplomatic sources indicate that recalling an ambassador is a very serious development in bilateral interstate relations because, in its essence, it is the last step before the interruption of diplomatic relations.

According to the newspaper Kathimerini, a few days ago, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias summoned the Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Athens and during the meeting expressed his dissatisfaction with the statements of the President of the Czech Republic.

The newspaper also emphasizes that recalling the Greek ambassador is a very serious step, because it is not the custom for relations between European Union member states to reach a similar level. According to the article, Athens believes that "the Czech government is among the leading ones in the informal war against Greece on the occasion of the refugee crisis in recent months."

To be continued

Tags: PoliticsGreek Foreign MinistryRecalling the Greek Ambassador to the Czech RepublicPresident of the Czech Republic Milos ZemanEuro zoneGrexitDiplomatic relations
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