First of all, Putin didn’t go to Greece in order to save an Orthodox country ally or for just an orthodox pilgrimage. At the end of his official two-day visit in Greece the 27th-28th of May, the Russian leader made a pilgrimage to the holy Mount Athos , where he was met with “excitement and admiration” according to the Russian Sputnik news. Vladimir Putin went to only-male Athos monastery for the second time. This time, he visited the holy place to commemorate the millennial anniversary since the first Russian settlement on the Holy Mount Athos.
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