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    Greek Defense Minister Invited to Discuss Military Cooperation in Moscow

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    Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos received an invitation from his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu to visit Moscow in the near future.

    ATHENS (Sputnik) — New Greek Defense Minister has received an invitation to visit Moscow to discuss military cooperation, the Greek Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

    Kammenos met earlier on Tuesday with Russian Ambassador Andrey Maslov to discuss strategic cooperation, including contacts between the Greek and Rusian defense ministries.

    "I received an invitation from the Russian defense minister [Sergei Shoigu] to visit Moscow in the near future," the ministry quoted Kammenos as saying after the meeting.

    On January 25, the deputy chief of an economic policy committee in Russia's lower house of parliament, Mikhail Emelyanov, said that Russia and Greece would have new opportunities for developing bilateral ties following the victory of the left-wing party Syriza in the Greek parliamentary election.

    Back in December 2013, the two countries signed an intergovernmental agreement on defense cooperation relating to the supply of arms and military hardware. Shoigu and then-Greek Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos also discussed the possibility of joint personnel training events.


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