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ekathimerini| Ukraine's Ambassador rebuts `Russian propaganda' about Azov Regiment, 7 Mar
[Ukrainian Ambassador to Greece Sergii] Shutenko denies that the Azov Regiment is a neo-Nazi paramilitary organization and says that it has been incorporated since into Ukraine's National Guard under the strict control of the Interior Ministry, played a significant role in the city's recapture from Russian forces in 2014 and is now defending the partly-occupied and heavily destroyed city.
Nuland: Focus on LNG, not pipelines, US official tells Kathimerini, 7 Apr "3+1" = Ukraine security
almayadeen | Greek MPs leave Zelensky session for including message from neo-Nazi Azov, 7 Apr
"The speech by members of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in the Greek Parliament is a challenge. They spoke of a history day, but it's a historic shame. Solidarity with the Ukrainian people is a given. But the Nazi cannot have a say in parliament," said SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras.
keeptalkinggreece | Azov soldier during Zelenskyy's address triggers outrage, 7 Apr
euractiv | Zelenskyy speech at Greek parliament overshadowed by Azov video, 7 April
Lawmakers from the biggest parties, ruling New Democracy (EPP), Syriza (EU Left) and socialists (Pasok) attended Zelenskyy's speech, while communists and the populist Greek Solution party abstained. Diem25, Yiannis Varoufakis's leftist party, was represented by just one lawmaker. ... former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said allowing this video to be broadcast in the Greek House was a "big mistake".

"The Greek government irresponsibly undermined the struggle of the Ukrainian people, by giving the floor to a Nazi. The responsibilities are heavy. The government should publish a detailed report of preparation and contacts for the event," commented former foreign affairs minister Nikos Kotzias.

The socialists issued a statement asking why Greek lawmakers had not been informed about the video intervention of an Azov Battalion member and called on the president of the Greek Parliament to bear responsibility. [...] Meanwhile, government spokesperson Giannis Oikonomou said the inclusion of the Azov Battalion message was "incorrect and inappropriate". However, he did not say who should be held responsible for this.

"What a distaster this country, a disaster for the Greek political class" A/V 00:16:58
by Cat on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 11:27:31 PM EST
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