The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has arranged to visit Athens and the St. Panteleimon Monastery at Mount Athos on the 27th and 28th of May respectively.

The spokesperson for the Greek government Olga Gerovasili commented that the visit is an “extremely important event” and a great opportunity to further enhance the economic and energy relations between Greece and Russia.

Reports suggest that security at the monastery will be high, with Russian officials having already arrived and making preparations for President Putin’s visit. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow will also be present at Mounth Athos during the Presidential visit.