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U.S. Department of State asks Athens to close airspace for Russian planes with ‘humanitarian aid’ to Syria, but Greece does not want to quarrel with Putin

The Greek Foreign Minister said that the U.S. Department of State had asked to close its airspace for the Russian planes delivering so-called 'humanitarian assistance' to Syria.
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The Greek Foreign Minister said that the U.S. Department of State had sent a request to Athens to close its airspace for the Russian planes delivering the so-called ‘humanitarian assistance’ to Syria, Reuters writes referring to the representative of the Foreign Minister of Greece, Joinfo.ua reports.

He noted that the Ministry was still considering the request of Washington. Referring to its sources in Athens, the Russian edition of RIA Novosti reports that Greece rejected the U.S. request for preservation of relations with Russia.

According to him, Moscow requested and received a permission of Athens for flights to deliver supplies to Syria in the period from September 1 to 24.

At the same time, transportation of ‘humanitarian’ aid to Syria from Russia is carried out by sea, too. Thus, earlier,  The Alexander Tkachenko ferry loaded with Russian military equipment and unidentified goods was spotted heading to Syria via the Bosphorus Strait, said the blogger Angry Odessite in his LiveJournal.

“Therefore, Russia, a generous soul, can spare anything for the poor and is sending its ships with ‘humanitarian’ aid to the coast of Syria. What a incomprehensibly sad déjà vu! However, the expenses of the Russian side in this event are confusing: to drive tanks, armored personnel carriers and other equipment across the border is one thing, but over the sea – is quite another,” emphasizes the blogger.

“The participation of the Russian side in the Syrian conflict is already undeniable and it will cost it a pretty penny, which can not be not welcomed in economic terms. Oh, those inevitable rakes of the USSR, every step of the incomplete empire is like the mirror image of the history of many years ago, which led to the collapse of the regime. Let’s witness,” he added.

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