July 19, 2018 / 10:12 AM / a month ago

Russia pushes back Lavrov's Greece visit after diplomatic row: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The timing of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s planned visit to Greece this autumn is no longer suitable, Russia’s ambassador to Athens said on Thursday, the TASS news agency reported.

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reacts ahead of a joint news conference of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

Athens said last week it had expelled two Russian diplomats and barred two other people from entering the country for trying to bribe officials and foment demonstrations to thwart a deal to allow Macedonia to join NATO.

Greece last month invited Lavrov to visit in September, but relations have since become strained over the diplomatic row.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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