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Eyes on Europe & Middle East

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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