Vladimir Putin arrived on mount Athos

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived on mount Athos in Greece, where he will meet with Greek President Prokopis pavlopoulos a, reports “Interfax”.

The head of state is in Greece on an official visit. It is planned that while on mount Athos, the President will visit the administrative centre, Karyes and Svyato-Panteleymonov monastery. In karyes Putin will also meet with protepistates the Holy mountain with father Paul and the members of the Holy Kinot.

According to the program of the visit it is planned that in the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos on mount Athos held a brief prayer service. Followed by the speech of the President in the building of the Holy Kinot.

Putin also plans to meet with a hundred year old Abbot of the Russian Svyato-Panteleymonov monastery shiarhimandrita Jeremiah. In the monastery, Putin will meet with Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. In the meeting of the President and Patriarch Jeremiah shiarhimandrita will be attended by the spiritual father of the monastery, hieromonk Macarius.

The arrival of the head of state on mount Athos dedicated to the Millennium of the presence of Russian monasticism. The monastery itself was founded in 1169, although Russian monks settled on the mount in the 10th century.

On the eve of a meeting of Putin with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras. Athens, he said, can serve as a “bridge of cooperation and friendship” between Russia and the EU. Tsipras said that, in General, Greece opposed sanctions against Moscow. Putin expressed hope that Greece will be able to influence decisions in the European Union.