Greece and Cyprus gear up for summer without Russian tourists

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Greece and Cyprus face uncertain summer season as numbers of Russian tourists slump amid war on Ukraine.

Athens, Greece and Key European tourist destinations are set for a summer season largely without Russian visitors amid sanctions over the war on Ukraine and actions taken by Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to punish countries that have imposed sanctions against his country.

On April 4, he suspended aspects of a 2006 visa facilitation agreement between Russia and “unfriendly” members of the European Union that have imposed sanctions against Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.

In Greece, Russians accounted for only 0.8 percent of arrivals and 1.1 percent of receipts last year, Bank of Greece data shows.