Greece has extended an invitation to three world leaders to participate in the 200-year anniversary of the War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire in March 2021.
Invitations have been extended to Prince Charles, representing the U.K. and Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin representing France and Russia respectively.
The three leaders represent the countries who fought along the Greeks in the battle of Navarino, one of the most important battles in Greece’s War of Independence that took place on October 20, 1827.
It was on this date that a coalition of united European powers defeated the Ottoman Turkish naval forces.
The Greek revolution was viewed sympathetically by many European powers and especially the people of France, Britain, and Russia, which sent considerable forces to assist the revolt in Greece.
Greek daily Kathimerini says that the participation of Prince Charles and President Macron is more or less guaranteed, while Athens is hoping that the Russian President will also accept the invitation to come along.
Lat week, The Russian Foreign Ministry had chosen to commemorate the 193rd anniversary of the Battle of Navarino with an anniversary post, which may also contain a hidden message to Turkey.
Specifically, on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry posted on its official Twitter account a video dedicated to the battle, which, through the sinking of the Ottoman fleet, led a little later to the recognized independence of Greece after hundreds of years of Turkish occupation.
The video posted shows the sinking of Ottoman ships.