Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is due to travel to Odessa today, Sunday April 3, 2022.
The trip to Odessa was organized so that Greece could organize humanitarian aid to evacuate the remaining population, however, the visit depends on the security situation there and may be canceled if deemed too dangerous, according to a report by the Greek TV channel Skai. .
Mr. Dendias met Friday with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba and with the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer.
“I informed the Ukrainian Foreign Minister that I plan to visit Ukraine in the near future and that Greece intends to send humanitarian aid to the suffering Ukrainian people, including the Greek diaspora, to whom our country attaches particular importance,” Dendias tweeted.
On his conversation with the President of the ICRC, Dendias stressed the need to provide humanitarian aid to Mariupol, which is home to a large part of the Greek diaspora, expressing the hope that the evacuation of civilians, including members of the Greek diaspora, will be made possible.
“Greece is ready to help the evacuees,” he tweeted.
Dendias also plans to visit the museum of the Filiki Etaireia (Society of Friends), the secret society founded in Odessa in 1814 and which played a decisive role in the start of the Greek War of Independence of 1821-29 against the Empire. Ottoman. The museum remained closed recently.