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Ukraine’s Backflip On Greece Shows It Cannot Be Trusted Partner To Europe

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Ukraine’s Backflip On Greece Shows It Cannot Be Trusted Partner To Europe

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Written by Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher

Greece has delivered huge amounts of weapons to Ukraine and has vehemently backed sanctions against Russia. In fact, last year, on September 22, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis declared in an interview with Bloomberg, “We’re fighting a war against Russia, and we try to support Ukraine.”

However, over the last year, Greek shipowners have dramatically increased their oil shipments from Russia, creating serious tensions between Athens and Kiev. At the same time, it is recalled that in discussions in the European Union about sanctions against Russia, the Greek prime minister defended them.

Effectively, Mitsotakis is trying to play both sides of the conflict, committing fully to instructions from the EU and NATO but also protecting the interests of the Greek oligarchs – the shipowners. The protection of Greek shipowners’ interests by Mitsotakis has caused a rift in relations, especially after Kiev published a “blacklist” of the names of important Greek shipowners, most with extremely close ties to the ruling New Democracy party. Ukraine has put up that list because they transport Russian oil.

Kiev has proven, once again, that it is not a reliable partner who coerces EU members into pushing through the adoption of anti-Russian sanctions.

For Greece to approve the previous 11th package of sanctions against Moscow in June, Kiev removed Greek shipping companies from the “International War Sponsors” register of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) for the transportation of Russian hydrocarbons. After adopting anti-Russian sanctions, Kiev again included the Greek shipowners in the sanctions list.

Instead of showing gratitude to Greece for providing military and financial assistance, especially given its own military confrontations with Turkey and recovering from a devastating economic crisis, Kiev is brazenly manipulating its European partners and, demonstratively, is non-obligatory in its implementation of agreements reached.

Therefore, it can be expected that Kiev will continue to deceive its Western partners. In this situation, the Greek oligarchs are increasingly convinced of the need to reject the package of anti-Russian sanctions being developed by the European Council.

The meeting between Mitsotakis and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Athens in August, on the surface, appeared to be an extremely positive exchange, with the Greek prime minister promising his country’s air force to train Ukrainian F-16 pilots and to continue offering diplomatic and material support. Nonetheless, the authoritative subscription publication Intelligence Online reported that it “has seen missives between Ukrainian and Greek officials that highlight ongoing tensions over Greek shipping companies’ alleged support of sanctioned Russian firms.”

The Greek government never mentioned whether the issue of shipowners was discussed at the Mitsotakis-Zelensky meeting, but it would be surprising if it were not, as four Greek shipping companies are on the “black list.”

In the Wall Street Journal, in a publication entitled “It’s a Bad Boy”, references were made to Greek shipping magnates George Economou, the families of Andreas Martinos and his brother, as well as George Prokopiou, for their listing on the Ukrainian “black list”. As Intelligence Online revealed, the disputes between the two countries relate to the transport of Russian oil by the Greek companies, Delta Tankers, Dynacom Tankers Management, Minerva Marine, TMS Tankers and Thenamaris Ships Management, which – to the great dismay of Athens – were once again blacklisted by Kiev in July.

According to Intelligence Online, the Greek companies were excluded from the “blacklist” but only a month after the passing of the 11th sanctions package in June, the NACP wrote to the Ukrainian foreign minister that the companies had been blacklisted again for not taking a stand against Russia. This turn of events immediately revived tensions between Athens and Kiev to the point where the NACP is concerned that Greece may block additional sanctions against Russia, as happened in June.

Greek shipping firms saw an opportunity to cash in when global shipping companies shunned Russia following the launch of the military operation in February 2022. This business has been so lucrative that the share of Russian oil transported on Greek ships hit an all-time high last year. Around 30% of Russia’s Black Sea oil exports were carried on Greek ships at the start of 2022 but skyrocketed to 53% by May 2023. Experts believe Greek shipping firms make three to five times the usual rates, accounting for billions of euros in profit.

Mitsotakis belongs to a historic liberal political family with over 100 years in the Greek political landscape and protecting the interests of the oligarchs and ruling class. Due to this, Mitsotakis would always follow Brussels and Washington in supporting Kiev, but only until it began affecting the profits of Greece’s oligarchs. This is a fact that Kiev has failed to understand, and this blacklisting after extracting what it wants from its partners will prove to backfire as it will not only harden Greece’s stance on Ukraine ahead of negotiations for the 12th sanctions package on Russia but demonstrate to the rest of the EU that Ukraine cannot be trusted.

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Verstappen

the problem is when all the european vassal states realize that the international banking jewry wants them weak & decadent maybe as a millenia old vendetta against the gentile. but these intelligence services in europe find out the us is still buying petrol and uranium from russia while simultaneously sanctioning europe from doing the same 🤭🤭🤭 you cant make this shit up; it’s classic gun boat diplomacy against both foe and “ally”.

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Verstappen

and it’s not only so the us can sell europe more expensive energy — but it is to degrade european standards and subvert european power. india also understands this and said from the very start that they will make their own decisions based on their national interest. why europeans are so cucked by brussels and washington that they cannot maintain a nationalist position of self preservation is quite bizarre and irrational.

Verstappen

but that is why they are ‘globalist’ & ‘irrational actors.’ it is as lavrov said: europeans have lost all sense of self preservation. and it is because they are corrupt and bribed sociopaths that sellout their own countries interests to the international bankers that run the world and cause all global conflict

Verstappen

and in the end, as true sociopaths, (which politics seem to attract in droves, since they are positions of power and often impunity & unaccountability) they only care about themselves, they don’t even care about their children and the coming generations in their own family who will have degraded standards of living and hyper european imperial decadence.

Verstappen

so if they dont even care about their own blood: why would they care about the citizens. they simply do not care and as long as they are “in” and paid handsomely— to hell with their country and citizenries. today’s politicians in europe and washington working against their own middle class, the engines of their economies, are not only stupid but treasonous.

Verstappen

both europe and america must punish globalists otherwise the are the most inadvertent pro-china stooges to have ever lived. china understands this. they understand that the west is self imploding thanks to the globalists and the only real winner will be china.

Verstappen

the globalist banking cabal has enough money that they do not care. but even the political class will suffer in this neo feudal model. and their families will suffer. that is why the political class is realizing that they must preserve their national interests before it is too late!

Dixie

blame it on the “beeeches” in charge

Nahavar

whatever the euro minions try, it is futile…

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Doctor WHO

for south front to write about greece means there are major players that move in the backstage. nevertheless there are more money than one can imagine on the table.

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austin powers

greece has been a nation of has beens even longer than the uk. it’ll dance to any tune for a dollar.

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"R" Addison

maybe greece should have stayed socialist country. their adambrations for oil which is temporal whereas the ecology as a mediterranean basin will never be temporal. so what then is oil industry when it’s a lubricant and the wrong transport fuel, period.

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Doctor WHO

now that is a sound argument, complitely like pythia the oracle

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