MOSCOW (Reuters) - The timing of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's planned visit to Greece this autumn is no longer suitable, Russia's ambassador to Athens said on Thursday, the TASS news agency reported.

Athens said last week it had expelled two Russian diplomats and barred two other people from entering the country for trying to bribe officials and foment demonstrations to thwart a deal to allow Macedonia to join NATO.

Greece last month invited Lavrov to visit in September, but relations have since become strained over the diplomatic row.

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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