Although international Hellenism everywhere honoured the memory of the 353,000 victims of the Greek Genocide in Pontus, claiming the universal recognition of the crime, the Russian Embassy in Ankara decided to honour one of main genocide perpetrators.
While yesterday was a day of mourning for the Greeks, the Turks celebrated May 19 as the beginning of their so-called “War of Independence”, which ended with the Destruction of Smyrna in 1922.
On May 19, 1919, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk arrived in Kerasounta (Κερασούντα, Turkish: Giresun) and started the second and hardest phase of genocide against Pontian Greeks, which the Young Turks started following their extermination began in 1914 against Armenians and Greeks elsewhere in Asia Minor and Eastern Thrace.
Moscow’s embassy in Ankara, however, chose to publish the following message:
“We respectfully honour the great leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his comrades-in-arms for the 103rd anniversary of the start of the War of Independence, in which Soviet Russia sided with Turkey.”
Sovyet #Rusya’nın #Türkiye'nin yanında yer aldığı Kurtuluş Savaşı’nın başlangıcının 103. yıldönümünde Ulu Önder Mustafa Kemal #Atatürk ve silah arkadaşlarını saygıyla anıyoruz. #19MayısAtatürküAnma, Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı kutlu olsun! #19MAYIS #MustafaKemalATATÜRK pic.twitter.com/YUO8gdNGsZ
— RusEmbTurkey (@RusEmbTurkey) May 19, 2022
Meanwhile, Moscow’s embassy in Athens has called on the media and political circles to “stop the hysteria over chemical weapons.”
“We call on the political circles of the western countries not to frighten their citizens with the non-existent ‘chemical threat’ of Moscow. We have to remind ourselves that Russia has fully fulfilled its obligations to destroy chemical weapons,” the statement said.
❗️Καλούμε τους πολιτικούς κύκλους των δυτικών χωρών να μη φοβίσουν τους πολίτες τους με την ανύπαρκτη «χημική απειλή» της Μόσχας.
Είμαστε υποχρεωμένοι να υπενθυμίσουμε ότι η Ρωσία εκπλήρωσε εντελώς τις υποχρεώσεις της να καταστρέψει τα χημικά όπλα.
— Rus Embassy, Greece (@RFEmbassyGr) May 19, 2022