Greek Foreign Minister to personally lead humanitarian aid to Mariupol
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced his intention to personally escort the humanitarian aid to Mariupol where thousands of ethnic Greeks live. This was reported in the press service of the Greek Foreign Ministry.
Greece announced the death of ten of its citizens in Mariupol.
” [… ] Unfortunately, the war in Ukraine continues unabated.
Our priority, the priority of the Greek government, is the protection of our Greek community and the civilian population.
For this reason, I have taken two decisions.
The first is to set up a coordination and reception team in Bucharest. The ambassador will be the leader, Mr. Kostellenos, and our ambassador in Bucharest, Ms. Grammata, Mr. Dohtsis and Mr. Androulakis will participate, who will leave soon.
I also ask today to send an official note to the Ukrainian side to facilitate and to the Russian side another note not to hinder the sending of humanitarian aid to Mariupol.
I intend to personally accompany this assistance in coordination with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr. Maurer, with whom we are already in contact.
After all, I stressed the need to protect the civilian population in my speech yesterday at the EU Council of Foreign Ministers in Brussels and in my private meeting with HR/OD Mr. Borrell, whom I asked and made public statements. for Mariupol.
As Prime Minister Mitsotakis clearly stated, Greece will continue to be present in the region. In a region where the Greek element has been established for centuries.
Our first step, when things return to normal, will be the reconstruction of the Mariupol maternity hospital. And beyond that, our coordination with the EU to do what we can, to bring the city back to its previous state and to help our Greek community to return to normal after the tragedy.”
Selon le gouvernement grec, plus de 150 citoyens grecs, membres d’équipage de navires et Grecs de souche ont été évacués de la région.