Russia and Greece say spat over diplomats expulsions is over

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk to each other during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russ

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk to each other during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russ

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Fri

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Fri

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo prior to their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo prior to their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 7, 2

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 7, 2

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Fri

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Fri

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looks around prior to his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, De

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looks around prior to his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, De

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they pose for a photo during their meeting in the Kreml

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they pose for a photo during their meeting in the Kreml

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 7, 201

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 7, 201

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looks around prior to his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, De

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras looks around prior to his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, De

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos prior to his talks with Gre

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos prior to his talks with Gre

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Greece say they have overcome a rift over the expulsions of diplomats that have strained their traditionally friendly ties.

Greece in July expelled two Russian diplomats amid allegations they helped fund protests against a deal between Greece and its northern neighbor Macedonia intended to pave the way for Macedonia to join NATO.

Russia responded in kind, expelling two Greek diplomats in August.

Putin said, after Kremlin talks Friday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, that Russia still considers the Greek action unfounded. Putin said that any such tensions could be solved without "theatrical gestures," but added "that page has been turned."

Tsipras also said Greece considers the dispute closed and emphasized the importance of the country's close ties with Russia.