MOSCOW (Sputnik), Anna Liatsou — Athens is unaware of US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland's visit to Greece to discuss anti-Russia sanctions, Greek Deputy Defense Minister Kostas Isihos told Sputnik.
Last week, Nuland suggested that the US government may implement additional sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis. Nuland added that Washington would have talks with Greece, Hungary and Cyprus, whose leaders opposed anti-Russia sanctions, in the coming days and weeks.
For the past year, the European Union, the United States and their allies have introduced several rounds of economic sanctions against Moscow, citing its alleged interference in Ukraine's internal affairs.
Moscow, in response, has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the Ukrainian internal conflict, adding that sanctions threaten international peace and stability and run counter to the principles of international law.
Some European countries, such as Greece, Hungary and Cyprus have openly expressed their discontent over western anti-Russia sanctions, saying that the measures negatively affect both sides and threaten their economies.