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Newsline: Greek diplomat says sanctions aimed at regime change in Russia

The globally coordinated sanctions regime against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine is aimed at regime change in Moscow, a top Greek diplomat told The Hill in an interview in Washington. Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Varvitsiotis Miltiadis praised President Biden for corralling democracies to impose coordinated sanctions, but warned Turkey’s absence on some of the most punishing measures risks undermining the global push to punish Putin. Athen’s holds long-standing concern over Ankara’s behavior in the eastern Mediterranean and within the NATO alliance in general, but Miltiadis was in Washington urging policy makers to more firmly press Turkey to align with the West. “If we don’t drag [Turkey] into the sanction regime, then Russia will not feel as heavy [pressure from] the package of these sanctions that have already been imposed,” Miltiadis said in an interview at the Greek embassy last week. (https://news.yahoo.com/sanctions-aimed-regime-change-russia-190750877.html) Secretary of State Antony Blinken has earlier said that the coordinated sanctions are not about regime change, telling CBS in an interview on March 6 “the Russian people have to decide who they want to lead them.” But Miltiadis emphasized that the sanctions are aimed at stoking the opposition in Russia.

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