Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced that he intends to lead a humanitarian aid convoy to the city of Mariupol in Ukraine.
Dendias said in a statement after meeting with Greek Consul General Manolis Androulakis in Athens, “I aim to accompany this aid in person, in collaboration with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr. Maurer, with whom we are already in contact.”
The minister explained that both countries had already received a “note verbale”, the first one asked the Ukrainian forces for the “facilitation of the delivery of humanitarian aid in Mariupol” and the other one asked Russian forces not to obstruct the mission.
Dendias expressed that Greece’s top priority would be to protect ethnic Greeks in Mariupol, which is home to hundreds of Greeks, with more than 150 already out of the city.
When the situation returns to normal, Dendias claimed that Greece’s first priority will be to reconstruct Mariupol’s maternity hospital and collaborate with the European Union to “do all necessary to bring the city back to its previous status and to facilitate the Diaspora Greeks’ return to normal life after this tragedy.”
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