MOSCOW, January 28 (Sputnik) — Greece is against sanctions imposed on Russia, as they damage the Greek economy, the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister said in an interview with Athens-Macedonian News Agency Wednesday.
There are other European countries that also disagree with the sanctions against Russia because of their consequences, Chountis added.
Earlier on Tuesday, EU leaders asked the Foreign Affairs Council to consider new sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in the shelling of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol earlier his month, in which at least 30 civilians were killed.
The Syriza party, or the Coalition of the Radical Left, headed by Alexis Tsipras, won parliamentary elections in Greece on Sunday.
Earlier in January, the Incofruit-Hellas association of Greek enterprises exporting fruit, vegetables and juices said in a report that the country’s farmers have lost $46.7 million in fruit and vegetable exports due to the one-year food ban introduced by Russia in August 2014. The ban was a response to sanctions imposed on Russia earlier over the country's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.