Russia pushes back Lavrov's Greece visit after diplomatic row - TASS

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FILE- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference following the talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Moscow, Russia December 22, 2017 - REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

FILE- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference following the talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Moscow, Russia December 22, 2017 - REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW - 19 July 2018:- The timing of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's planned visit to Greece this autumn is no longer suitable, Russia's ambassador to Athens said on Thursday, the TASS news agency reported.

Athens said last week it had expelled two Russian diplomats and barred two other people from entering the country for trying to bribe officials and foment demonstrations to thwart a deal to allow Macedonia to join NATO.

Greece last month invited Lavrov to visit in September, but relations have since become strained over the diplomatic row.

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