Greece concerned for safety of 150,000 ethnic Greeks in Ukraine

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Greece has expressed its concern for the safety of the Greek ethnic minority in Ukraine with Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias having raised the  issue at an emergency meeting of EU members states' foreign ministers on Tuesday.

The Greek community in Ukraine numbers some 150,000 people, Dendias said.

In Paris, Dendias also met with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on the sidelines of the Ministerial Forum for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, which is organised by the French Presidency of the Council of the EU. India, which he will visit in March, "is a uniquely rising power that will play a key role at global level," the Greek minister added.

The Ministerial Forum includes EU Foreign Ministers and their counterparts from nearly 30 Indo-Pacific countries, as well as representatives of European institutions and regional organisations.

Meanwhile the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry issued an advisory on Tuesday against travel to Ukraine, given recent developments.

Greek nationals requiring assistance to leave Ukraine are advised to contact Greek authorities below:

- Greek Embassy at Kiev:
Address: 30-i Andriivskiy uzviz Str., Kyiv 01901, UKRAINE
Phone numbers: 00380 44 3630780, 00380 3630781, 00380 3630782
Emergency telephone numbers: 00380 730429453
Email / Website: [email protected],

- General Consulate at Mariupol (Marioupoli):
Address: 10, Soborna Str., Mariupol, Ukraine 87555
Phone numbers: 00380629 47-04-38, 00380629 34-53-84, 00380629 52-84-90, 00380629 33-24-92
Emergency telephone numbers: 00380967047885
Email: [email protected]

- General Consulate at Odessa:
Address: Hoholia Street, 21, Οδησσός, UKRAINE
Phone numbers: 00380487860570, 00380487860503, 00380487860007
Emergency telephone numbers: 00380933140101
Email / Website: [email protected] ,