Greece draws in the U.S. — and edges out Russia

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ATHENS — It took several decades, but Greece has finally welcomed in the United States — at Russia’s expense.

Nearly 40 years ago, Greek people were marching in the streets against U.S. military bases in the region. Banners declared: “Out with the bases of death!” Across the nation, surveys showed most Greeks felt closer to Russia, a fellow Christian Orthodox nation that had helped the Greeks fight off Ottoman rule in 1821, than they did to the U.S.

Even in the 2000s, Greek-U.S. relations remained frosty. Athens flirted with strengthening its ties to Moscow.

That’s all changed.

In recent years,

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