Questions to Greek defense minister Kammenos

Greece's then would-be defense minister Pannos Kammenos (right) during his visit to Moscow in January 2015, posing with Russian parliament members Pushkov and Klintsevich

Greece's then would-be defense minister Pannos Kammenos (right) during his visit to Moscow in January 2015, posing with Russian parliament members Pushkov and Klintsevich 

Analysis & Opinion

Today Greece’s defense minister Pannos Kammenos, head of the right-wing “Independent Greeks” party, while on his visit to a Moscow security conference, claimed in an interview to Russian news outlet, inter alia:

.”..the Greek population of Crimea faced abuse from Ukraine’s fascist government and the presence of Russian forces there became a protection for Greek families.”

This statement rises a few questions:

Can minister Kammenos cite specific facts of “abuse from Ukraine’s fascist government” towards Crimean Greeks?

What is minister Kammenos’s attitude to Russian deportations of Greeks from Crimea under Catherine the Great and Stalin?

According to Ukraine’s 2001 census, 2795 Greeks lived in Crimea, while 77 516 lived in the Donetsk region (More specifically – along the Azov sea coast, where, by the way, Catherine deported their ancestors). Does minister Kammenos believe that the Azov Greeks are being abused by “Ukraine’s fascist government?”

Does minister Kammenos know of facts of abuse of Azov Greeks during more than a year of “Ukraine’s fascist government” rule?

Finally, does minister Kammenos believe that Russian troops should occupy the Azov coast, particularly the city of Mariupol, to protect the local Greeks from “Ukraine’s fascist government”? Is minister Kammenos ready to call on Putin to send troops to Azov coast? If no, why?

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  • Dean Venture

    I think the Greeks are sucking up to Putin to get a better deal from the EU. I say let them suck. Let them default, boot them from the Euro area, and be done with it. How long are they going to hold their own solvency over everyone else’s head?

    • Dave Ralph

      Greece is a relatively rich country of 10 million people asking the West for 250 billion dollars (25,000 per capita) in charity donations. Ukraine is a relatively poor country of 40 million people asking the West for 40 billion dollars (1,000 per capita) in loans that they will eventually pay back. Athens should shut its trap about Ukrainian “fascists” and deal with the fascists in their own country.

  • Jacks Channel

    What are you trying to say? This article is about the Greek Defense Minister’s comments on Ukraine.

    • Dave Ralph

      As crude as the propaganda on this site can occasionally be, it is a drop in the ocean compared to the multi-billion financed Russian state propaganda machine.

  • Marko

    How is today in your troll office in St. Petersburg?

  • Marko

    Golden Horde Troll.

  • Trollhunter

    Uuups…a russian troll got the context wrong. Man, do youre homework better in St.Petersburg :)