Mariupol Greeks may want to repatriate to Crimea

The question of resettlement of over 200,000 members of Mariupol Greek community to their historic homeland in Crimea was raised at a meeting of the Crimean Greek community members with Charalampos Angourakis, representative of Greece in the European Parliament, in Simferopol.

According to “Interfax” news agency, deputy head of the Crimean government Olga Kovitidi appealed to Charalampos Angourakis to call on the members of the European Parliament on facilitating the resettlement of Mariupol Greek community members who wish to return to the Crimea.

“So far, 3,500 Mariupol Greeks have already moved to the peninsula. Currently Crimea is the home to about 12,000 Greeks,” said Olga Kovitidi.

In turn, Charalampos Angourakis said he did not understand the reaction of the West to Crimea Russians’ desire for self-determination. “Every nation has the right to determine its own future. This is one of the basic principles of European democracy. Any attempt to deprive the population of Crimea of this right is explicit violation of these principles. In my view, the reaction of some European politicians and officials to the Crimean referendum is inadequate, dictated by chronic political complexes of the Cold War days,” said the deputy.

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