Vladimir Putin visits Mount Athos, Greece

Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited the monasteries at Mount Athos, northern Greece, one of Orthodox Christianity's holiest sites.

"Today, as we resurrect the values of patriotism, historical memory and traditional culture, we hope for ... a strengthening of relations" with Mount Athos, he said.
The Russian leader came together with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow to mark 1,000 years of Russian presence on the holy mountain.

Women are not allowed to visit any of the 20 Mount Athos monasteries