Greece’s exit from the eurozone could lead to the establishment of very close relations between the two countries and contribute to the expansion of Russian influence in the Balkans, “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” reports.
A potential exit of Greece from the EU also may have serious strategic consequences. Greece will start looking for new partners and the first candidate would be Russia. “Russia has money, interest in the Balkans, and there is a cultural proximity between the two orthodox countries,” the author claimed.
According to the newspaper, rapprochement between Greece and Russia will also result in difficulties for NATO. It may become more problematic for the allied forces to strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe if Athens will express its opposition.