Worsening weather in the area of Mount Athos may force Vladimir Putin to postpone his scheduled visit to the Athonian Peninsula. What with the strong gale, heavy snow and stormy seas in the area, a helicopter journey to the Holy Mount may indeed turn out impossible. The same goes for the Russian president's visit to the monastery of St. Panteleimon and the skete of St. Andrew, both of which are situated in the mountains in the heart of the Athonian Peninsula.
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