Greek sculptures in the face of the diplomatic scandal between Athens and London

Ancient Greek marble sculptures of the Parthenon in the British Museum

Athens has been demanding that London return the Parthenon's ancient sculptures for decades. The cancellation of the meeting between the British Prime Minister, Sunak, and the Greek counterpart, Mitsotakis, shows the hardening of the fronts between London and Athens

At the beginning of the year, the media announced the possibility of reaching an agreement for the return to Greece of the ancient sculptures of the Acropolis. In January 2023 the British Museum in London confirmed discussions with Athens about their temporary handover. A little later the British Government denied them and ruled out permanent return.

The British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, did not want to talk to his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in London about the return of the Parthenon sculptures. So he canceled the scheduled meeting with him this week. Now there is even talk of a diplomatic scandal. The member of the British Government, Mark Harper, justified the cancellation of the meeting with the words that the British position cannot be shaken.