ATHENS, February 27. /TASS/. President of the New Democracy party Kyriakos Mitsotakis is going to meet with Russian officials during his two-day visit to Moscow and discuss bilateral relations with them, the situation in the Mediterranean, in Syria and Iran’s nuclear problem, he said in an interview with TASS.
"I’ll have a number of important meetings with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. I'm looking forward to thematic discussions on all issues of bilateral relations - on regional and international issues of mutual interest, the last events in the Eastern Mediterranean and important challenges in the sphere of international security, such as terrorism, the situation in Syria and Iran’s nuclear problem. I will discuss all of this in light of Russia’s special role and responsibility in the creation of a safe environment and stability in Europe," the Greek opposition leader said.
According to public opinion polls, the New Democracy has been stably ahead of the ruling Syriza party, led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in the recent months in popularity among potential voters by 5-11 percentage points and has all chances to succeed at the upcoming parliamentary election. In this case Mitsotakis will become the next Greek prime minister. The election will take place in October in the country.
According to Mitsotakis, in order to maximally use its potential "Greek-Russian ties should be always based on international law, mutual respect and the understanding of the corresponding basic priorities, sincere cooperation and avoiding actions that could damage all which had been created, more or less, in relations between the two states." "Based on these fundamental assumptions, I am firmly confident that constant contacts between Greece and Russia on all levels will strengthen the dynamics of our cooperation in all areas," the New Democracy leader stressed.