Russian President Vladimir Putin's ongoing visit to Greece is taking place amid an international crisis, which makes it even more significant, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said.
"Your visit is taking place in a situation exceptionally critical in many respects for our region and for all of Europe. Such a situation has been prompted by a critical international attitude toward your great power," Pavlopoulos said addressing Putin.
In this context, Pavlopoulos suggested that the Russian leader's arrival in Athens has "exceptionally important implications." He pointed out at the same time that this did not mean that he underestimated "the implications of our multilevel bilateral cooperation," which, he said, Putin should yet discuss with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
The visit to Mount Athos should be the culmination of the Russian president's visit to Greece, he said.
"We will have the opportunity to show in our turbulent time that the principles and values of Christianity and Orthodoxy can and should inspire the nations all over the world and their leaders to [believe in] the triumph of humanism, solidarity, justice, and peace in making any decision on the future of each nation and ultimately all of humankind," Pavlopoulos said.
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