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Russia Needs to Prioritize Greece as Relations Rift with Turkey

Russia Can Find a NATO and EU Friend in Greece

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies…

A revealing poll released earlier last week by the highly-reliable Pew Research Center found that the majority of people in Greece and Turkey viewed NATO unfavourably – the only states of the 16 NATO members surveyed to view the U.S.-led organization in this way.  In fact, in the case of Greece, it was one of the very few countries where anti-NATO sentiment was shared by the left and right wings of the political spectrum. An average of 53% of citizens of the 16 surveyed countries had a positive view of NATO with an average of 27% of respondents having a negative view. Favorable positions were extremely high in some countries, such as Poland at 82%, but in Greece 51% of peoples viewed NATO unfavorably while 55% of Turks also did.

From the Greek perspective, they have a history of defying NATO by supporting the Serbs during the destruction of Yugoslavia and are becoming increasingly frustrated with NATO “ally” Turkey violating its airspace daily and making threats to invade its eastern Aegean islands. From the Turkish perspective, they are frustrated that the U.S. openly supports the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party, that Ankara claims is a terrorist organization.

However, the poll collected its data before the Syrian Army’s latest operation to liberate Idlib province from Turkish-backed jihadists. Rather, the crisis in Idlib has firmly put Turkey back into NATO’s sphere as the Syrian Army’s offensive has deepened the rift between Russia and Turkey, so much so that only 16% of Turks trust Russia according to a February 2 poll, a far cry from a November 2018 INR poll that found 51% of Turks viewed Russia favourably. This also comes as Russian Ambassador to Turkey Alexei Yerkhov told Zvezda days ago that he constantly receives threats and insults. Some threats include how Turkey “will build skyscrapers from the skulls” of Russia’s military and “Pay the price for every drop of blood” Russia sheds. Anti-Russian sentiment is growing so much in Turkey that Christian graves, including those of Russians, are being desecrated.

As explained in a previous article, a 2013 study found Greece was the only European Union country where favorable views towards Russia prevailed at 63% (33% unfavourable) and views on Russian President Vladimir Putin was positive, at 52% of people. Although this is a significant decrease from the 2013 poll, it does not factor in how the Russian sale of the S-400 to Turkey affected Greek opinions towards Russia and its president. However, a 2018 Pew poll also found that only 36% of Greeks view the U.S. favourably. This demonstrates that Moscow could have a real ally within the NATO bloc where the majority of civilians look at Russia favourably, and one that Moscow should take every advantage of.

The Greek government is still firmly in the Atlanticist camp, but the Greek public are in majority support of Russia. Moscow must take advantage of Greece as it is a rare member of NATO and the European Union where most people are Russophilic. An increased Russian tourist intake into Greece will inevitably increase exchanges between Greek and Russian peoples.

In addition to tourism, Russian businesses must be encouraged to invest in Greece. As Greece is an energy crossroad and also has oil and gas reserves in its maritime space, Russia has immense expertise in these fields and must make active efforts to invest in the country. China, a country with no historical, cultural or religious connections to Greece unlike Russia, has considerably increased its popularity in Greece by assisting in job creation in the economic-stricken country. By providing job opportunities, Russophilia will inevitably increase in Greece.

With Turkey becoming an unreliable partner for Russia, through these soft power approaches, Russia can increase its influence to the Greek people which will inevitably lead into the political sphere. Turkey is much more geostrategic than Greece and Russia invested heavily into improving relations with Ankara through extremely difficult times. The reality is that Russia would find much more success in building flourishing relations with a NATO member by prioritizing relationship building with Greece. This would have the double advantage as Greece, unlike Turkey, is also a European Union member.

Unlike Turkey who defied NATO for self-serving interest in attaining Russian weapons, Greece has defied NATO under pressure from the Greek people who have overwhelming solidarity for Serbia, particularly during the destruction of Yugoslavia.

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oldandjaded
February 18, 2020

Turkey has pivotal regional strategic importance, Greece, even as alluded to here, has virtually no regional strategic importance whatsoever. You people view international politics like a fight in an elementary school playground. Laughable. Why the hell do you think Russia and the US have both been bending over backwards to pander to this two-bit thug? Why do you think Greece wasn’t EVEN INVITED to the meeting in Berlin? Or do you even ask yourselves these questions? Too “complicated”, they don’t fit into the infantile “white hats/black hats” narrative. Why do you think both the US and Russia, and hell, even… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 19, 2020

F**k off, idiot.

Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

I love Greece and Russia. Both are very valiant countries. I hope they will work together. Greece should leave the EU asap. GREXIT!

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 18, 2020

I’m hoping that a Frexit, an Italexit or a Dexit (but preferably all three) will happen next. Once the EU has lost the most powerful of its European members, economically less powerful countries like Greece will be able to more easily follow suit.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
February 18, 2020

Yes, I hope so too. After Frexit, Italexit and Dexit the next two should be Grexit and Hungexit! The more the better, the faster the better! Let’s leave the junkyard of EU soon.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 19, 2020

The US is trying to keep Russia at bay in the Eastern Mediterranean, and therefore from having positive and close relations with Greece, Russia’s natural ally up to the Nineteenth Century. It takes a great statesman of the calibre of Vladimir Putin to re-establish the balance. Common religious and historical ties between Russia and Greece are helpful.

oldandjaded
February 18, 2020

“He who knows he is a fool is not the biggest fool; he who knows he is confused is not in the worst confusion. The man in the worst confusion will end his life without ever getting straightened out; the biggest fool will end his life without ever seeing the light. If three men are traveling along and one is confused, they will still get where they are going – because confusion is in the minority. But if two of them are confused, then they can walk until they are exhausted and never get anywhere – because confusion is in… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 18, 2020

Yes yes, I know you hate all things Asian, Olivia, you have already made your Euro-chauvinist views abundantly clear on other threads…

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 18, 2020

Get lost, you old idiot! Stop trolling me, halfwit!

oldandjaded
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 19, 2020

Thing is Olivia, after your last episode, where you went off on all the “old men”, https://theduran.mystagingwebsite.com/cheat-on-your-husband-encourages-the-daily-telegraph/ Stop trolling you? But with your vicious, bullying, hair-trigger temper, your out-sized ego, and your minimal intellect, you are such a tempting target! And there’s always the fact that you have trolled me continuously since your outrageous temper-tantrum on the thread I have quoted above. I am not particularly angry about it, I honestly find it amusing. And there’s something vaguely flattering about being stalked online, even if it by someone with the cognitive function of a hamster. Payback’s a bitch isn’t it?… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 19, 2020

FWIW, here’s a pic of the “young and exceedingly hot Olivia Kroth”, ROFLMAO!! the same woman that likes to attack the men on the Duran as “stupid, old blabbers”, “old idiots”, “you stupid old donkey” ect. https://olivia2010kroth.wordpress.com/my-booksmeine-buchermes-livres/dsc_43685/ Bears a startling resemblance to a Slavic Margaret Thatcher…Strange you keep harping on age, you are what (benefit of the doubt?) 55? Getting much? No, I guess not, which explains your explosive temper tantrums and rages. Olivia Kroth USA piss off! Get lost! No, you know what? I don’t think I will stop trolling you Olivia. You are such a soft target, and… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 19, 2020

I think this post probably marks Olivia’s intellectual high-water mark on the Duran.

olivia kroth

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There once was a fellow whose name was Dan
Who swore his grandfather was a Merman!
He swore and swore
it was all folklore!
He swore and swore
by the bones of a whore ….
He swore and swore
that his name was Dan
with a grandfather Merman!

I haven’t seen Dan post on here for a while, seemed like a nice old guy.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 19, 2020

F**k off, idiot.

Ugh...
Ugh...
February 19, 2020

Russian and Greek relations shouldn’t be hinged on relations with Turkey. Greece accepted the opening of more US bases meant to check Russia’s Black Sea fleet. Also, the diplomatic scandal was not too long ago. Russia and Greece have a long history and close connections with trade and Orthodoxy. I don’t think political hiccups amount to much in the long run.

oldandjaded
Reply to  Ugh...
February 19, 2020

Unfortunately they do, as the balance of power in Eurasia hangs on which way Turkey pivots. If Turkey pivots to the Russia/China/Iran triumvirate, the balance of military power in the region shifts to Russia/China/Iran. Zbignew Brzezinski pointed this out back in the nineties, in his book “The Grand Chessboard”. And Erdogan is well aware of this, and exploiting it for all its worth, playing the US and Russia off against each other, at the expense of Greece’s natural gas reserves. This whole issue could have been sidestepped if the US deep state hadn’t interfered with Trumps intentions to build rapprochement… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  oldandjaded
February 19, 2020

F**k off, idiot.

Theodros
Theodros
February 19, 2020

Exactly right. In the long run, it would be more beneficial for Russia to invest in Greece and built relations with Greece compared to the Russophobic, Islamist Turkey.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Theodros
February 19, 2020

Russia likes both nations, Greece and Turkey. Russia is an international peacekeeper. It does not divide nations and does not play one against the other in infamous political games, like the US does.

Olivia Kroth
February 19, 2020

Thank you for this excellent article, Paul Antonopoulos. May I add that Greece and Russia are very close to each other in mentality and religion. Both are Orthodox nations. Greece and Russia have had relations since the 6th century and were never at war with eath other, while Russia has fought plenty of wars against Turkey. From Wikipedia: “Greeks have been present in southern Russia from the 6th century BC; those settlers assimilated into the indigenous populations. The vast majority of contemporary Russia’s Greek minority populations are descendants of Medieval Greek traders and immigrants (including farmers, miners, soldiers, and churchmen/bureaucrats)… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
February 19, 2020

TASS: Russian Northern Fleet missile cruiser visits Cyprus – Last time, the Marshal Ustinov called at the port of Limassol in mid-October 2019 MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. The Northern Fleet missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov has made a business call at the port of Limassol in Cyprus, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday. “The missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov will spend three days in Limassol. On January 18, the ship will leave the island of Cyprus and set off for its encounter with the large anti-submarine warfare ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov and support vessels,” the press office said in a statement. The… Read more »

slavonac
slavonac
February 21, 2020

There is Greece and there is Greek Government deeply sited into the NWO project for which Greeks are going to be paying off for generations (thanks IMF). When Greece received the S300 from Russia in the 90-ies, its purpose was to protect Greek sovereignty against the Turks. Both being NATO members you would think NATO would interfere and try to resolve the confrontation peacefully? but no such thing happened, instead Greece was left on its own, and guess who came to its help? On the other hand guess what Greek Government than did with the S300? invited all the NATO… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  slavonac
February 22, 2020

The Greeks have not always been served well by their successive governments.

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