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“I am glad to have the opportunity to visit again in Athos, which is rightly called the Garden of the Virgin Mary,” Russian President said at the Mount Athos’ administrative center of Karyes, and stressed that “every man who walks on this earth of prayer, brings particular feelings.”
“The Holy Mountain is a unique defender of Orthodoxy,” Vladimir Putin said, praising the Mount Athos’ role in the strengthening of Christianity.
“We look forward to the establishment of relations with the Holy Mountain” concluded expressing his pleasure for that ” each year more and more visiting pilgrims from Russia.”
The Russian head of state head privately to the St. Panteleimon monastery, after the official welcome ceremony at Karyes, where he was welcomed by the Religious leaders and the Greek President , and lighted a candle and kissed the holy icon at Protaton church .
At St Panteleimon monastery, which is inhabited by Russian monks, President Putin was met by the 102-year-old abbot Jeremiah and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
Abbot Jeremiah is the older among all monks in the Athos society. Those who have met him say that he might become a Saint due to his special spiritual value. Greek media reported that he is the “spiritual father” (pnevmatikos) of President Putin
Putin has arrived at the monastic center of Holy Mount Athos on his second and last day of his visit to Greece on Saturday afternoon. He visited Mount Athos’ administrative center of Karyes, and the Protaton church which is under the ownership of the Holy Kinot, Athos’ high governing council.
Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos welcomed Vladimir Putin alongside local religious dignitaries, followed by a short service at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Putin then addressed members of the Holy Kinot stressing the importance of strengthening relations between Russia and Mount Athos , for the religious strength that this would provide to the Russian people
Russia and Greece celebrate 2016 as a cross-cultural year, marking the millennial anniversary since the first Russian settlement on the Holy Mount Athos.
Mount Athos is a peninsula in northeastern Greece with 20 monasteries – 17 Greek, one Russian named after St. Panteleimon, one Bulgarian and one Serbian. The 20 monasteries rule Athos through their representatives that make up the Holy Kinot.
Vladimir Putin arrived in Greece for his two-day visit on Friday. During his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras,
the Greek leader said that strengthening ties between Moscow and Athens is the “strategic choice” of the Greek nation.
The Russian leader, during his speeches in Athens on Friday, but also on Mount Athos on Saturday,
repeatedly underscored that Russia and Greece have common civilization values and Orthodox culture.
Russian Orthodox Church leader Kirill had already arrived since Friday on Mount Athos to join Vladimir Putin during his visit today.
It is not the first time Putin is visiting Athos. Actually,during his visit to Greece in September 2005, he was the first Russian leader to visit the holy place.
Jointly with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, Vladimir Putin visited the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens and attended the opening of the exhibition of the Ascension icon painted by Andrei Rublev in 1408, which is part of the State Tretyakov Gallery’s collection.
The first collection of the museum, which was officially opened in 1914, was put together by the councillor to Queen Olga of the Hellenes (before marriage Grand Duchess Olga Romanova), founder of the Christian Archaeological Society George Lambakis.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:
Mr Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great honour for me to attend the opening of this unique exhibition of the Ascension icon, a masterpiece from the collection of Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery. This is a work by a great icon-painter, monk Andrei Rublev.
Andrei Rublev took his inspiration from the cultural and religious heritage of Byzantium, whose spiritual successor Greece is. Having mastered various elements and techniques of Byzantine artists, Rublev was able to add to and enrich them. Mr Prime Minister highlighted the Russian style of this icon.
For a long time, the name of Andrei Rublev was known only to specialists. It was only in the 20th century that his art gained broader recognition. Only five of his works, five icons, have survived. The Ascension is one of them. It exudes a sense of harmony and a balance of form that are inherent to the artist. The icon was painted in the early 15th century during the restoration of the Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir.
I would also like to highlight that the exhibition is held as part of the cross-cultural years of Russia and Greece, whose launches the President of Greece and I declared in Moscow in January. I am sure that many more memorable events will be held in the course of this extensive project.
“Vladimir Putin is the president of a country where the constitution proclaims the separation of church and state. At the same time, he is a religious person, taking into account his planned visit to Mount Athos, one of the most important orthodox holy places,” the article read.
Vladimir Putin’s cooperation with Tsipras may break the anti-Russian unanimity within the European Union. Greek Prime Mnister Alexis Tsipras, since he assumed his post has repeatedly criticized Western sanctions against Russia.
The Russian president and Patriarch Kirill have a common mission during their visit to Greece, the article noted.
Ahead of the visit, Vladimir Putin wrote an article that was published by the Greek newspaper Kathimerini , where the Russian leader underlined that
throughout different epochs religion and patriotism have helped the Russian and Greek peoples preserve their identity .
He added that Russia is indispensable for Europe.
“An alliance between state and church is becoming more and more visible in Russia,” the article read.
Recently, the Russian Orthodox Church proposed to establish a new monetary organization controlled by all countries.
According to Le Figaro, thus the Church criticized global dollar and euro dominance.
Aleksandr Dugin, the chief ideologist of the Kremlin-backed “Eurasian” doctrine has been denied entry into the European Union after arriving at the Greek airport of Thessaloniki.
Dugin is not on the EU sanctions list, but he was put last year on the US black list because of his affiliation with an ultranationalist group that Washington says has “actively recruited individuals with military and combat experience to fight on behalf of Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.”
On May 17, Greek border guards refused to let Dugin enter the country after he arrived in Thessaloniki.
Dugin said he was stopped from entering the EU at the request of Hungarian authorities. He told the conservative, religious-themed TV channel Tsargrad, where he serves as editor in chief, that he had been “deported” from Greece.
Dugin has been courting both left-wing and extreme right-wing political groups in Hungary, Greece, and Romania, where he is popular among ultra-nationalists. He said he had wanted to visit Mount Athos in anticipation of Vladimir Putin’s planned visit together with the Russian patriarch Kirill.
Dugin said his “deportation” was “weird”, given that he had traveled freely in the EU in recent months.
Beginning of May, a group of Russian journalists were denied entry in Estonia, where the authorities annulled their Schengen visas.
Source: NEW EUROPE
As a member of the EU, Greece, could act “as a link and a bridge” between Russia and the West. This is Alexis Tsipras’ and the Coalition government’s positioning on Greece’s relationships with “mama” Russia, as said by the Prime Minister, a few days before his visit to Kremlin, invited officialy by President Putin .
“We disagree with sanctions,” the Greek Prime Minister said, on April 1, underlining that “these penalties, enforced by Europe to Russia over the Ukraine crisis, have costed much to Greece’s vulnerable economy”.
Alexis Tsipras, indeed, didn’t neglect to emphasize, talking from the Greek Parliament hall one week before his Moscow visit, that “the new European security architecture must include Russia,” reiterating that Greek support for EU trade restrictions could not be assumed.
“This is a possibility for … giving a new impetus to the Russian-Greek relations which have very deep roots in history,” he told the Russian state news agency Tass.
“We should see how our nations and countries can really cooperate in many spheres – the economy, energy, trade, agriculture – and find out where we can help each other.”
Tourism to Greece, is also, apropos, another issue as the government’s spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis stated on Sunday, primarily underlining, though, that
“A major blow that our country accepted, has to do with the embargo of our agricultural products’s exports to Russia. There are such issues that can and should be discussed, can be resolved, and do also promise to swift some ‘breaths’ to the Greek economy, even during this Prime Minister’s trip “he said.
In the early 19th century tsar Alexander I helped Greece gain independence from the Ottoman empire. Orthodox Christianity brings a sense of belonging to the same culture. Religious affiliation may not be the most important thing for Tsipras, whose Syriza far-left movement is rooted in stark atheism. But it certainly appeals to his coalition partner, Independent Greeks party, which is comfortable with Putin’s ideology of traditionalist nationalism and social conservatism, has recently noted a Guardian article
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