The EU is trying to embroil the two Orthodox people
I spent more than eight hours waiting for the decision of the Greek authorities in Thessaloniki airport. Officially, the reason for the refusal to allow me passage to the territory of Greece was sanctions from Hungary. Surprisingly, I haven't visited this country in 25 years. Hungary made the corresponding decision in 2014, but it was not a barrier to enter other EU countries. It is clear that those who detained me had no idea of when, by whom and how the sanctions were imposed. Hence, the real reason was not in the Hungarian ruling, but it was something else.
What happened at Thessaloniki airport on 17th May deliberately aimed to provoke a political scandal. Its main goal was to complicate Russian-Greek relations in the run-up to important dates - the celebration of the Millennium of presence of Russian monasticism on Mount Athos - a mystical center of Hesychastic tradition for the entire Orthodox world. Actually, it was Mount Athos I was going to.
It is particularly symbolic that the deportation took place a very short time prior to the visit of President Vladimir Putin of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill to the Holy Mountain. On the eve of a major event - a meeting between the Patriarch and the Russian President - the EU initiated complicated political intrigue that is likely to further develop. With regard to the Greek police, I have no complaints: they did their duty, the meaning of which I'm afraid they probably do not understand.
The EU tried to embroil the two Orthodox people using all possible methods. But the ties of friendship between Russians and Greeks are still strong. We are united by a common history and Christian faith. No political intrigue, the source of which is always the same - the enemy of the human race - will be able to destroy it.