Starting January 1, 2017, Greek will be taught as a second language in Russia’s primary and secondary schools. It is a decision that has been on the table of discussion for sometime, as Greek and Russian relations have strengthened over the past decade.
“This achievement comes as a result of many years of efforts of AUTH to promote the Greek language in the Black Sea countries,” the rector of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Pericles Mitkas said to ERT International about the recent development.
The new Consul General of Russia in Thessaloniki, Alexander Scherbakov also weighed in on the topic, applauding the new additions of Greek language to Russian school’s curriculum.
“The introduction of the teaching of the Greek language in primary and secondary education in Russia creates strong promotion of Greek foundations in Russia as well as prospects for further cooperation in the field of culture and education” he said.