On the one hand, the reason for this situation is rooted in the years when Yugoslavia was destroyed by the efforts of the West. One of the Republics, separated from this country, is called Macedonia. But in Athens, this caused a protest, since Greece already has the historical region of Macedonia.
Greece, as you know, is a member of the European Union and NATO. Using her voting right, she blocked for Macedonia the possibility of joining these international organizations until she changed her name in order to avoid confusion. Finally, the Macedonian leadership decided to rename their country: it will now be called the Republic of Northern Macedonia. This means that the doors to the North Atlantic Alliance are ajar before it. Of course, we Russians do not like it. Although Moscow formally claims that the name of the country is the choice only of Macedonia itself.
But in Athens it was decided that Russia opposed the renaming of Macedonia and thereby allegedly interferes in the internal affairs of Greece. It was under this pretext that Russian diplomats were deported. The Russian Foreign Ministry, however, completely rejects these allegations.
But, as political analyst Eugene Super believes, this is not only the case. The gas issue also mixes with this. In light of this, it turns out that the United States stands behind the deterioration of relations between the two countries.
Currently, work is underway to create the Turkish Stream gas pipeline. And through which country can gas from Russia and Turkey enter the EU? One option suggests that via Greece. That would be in her interest. But Washington is against such a development. And Athens does not dare to withstand pressure from him.
One of those who are actively involved in preventing the construction of a gas pipeline through Greece is Jeffrey Payette, US ambassador to Athens. The one who previously worked hard in the face in Ukraine and together with Nuland distributed cookies on the Euromaidan. Thus, when the Russian Foreign Ministry speaks of US pressure on Greece, this is not at all unfounded ...