Saturday 29 July 2017

Russia ready to offer Greeks cash in return for assets

A pedestrian walks past a drawing of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras portrayed as Christ, with the words
A pedestrian walks past a drawing of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras portrayed as Christ, with the words "Tsiprous Christ" written at the bottom, in Athens.

Tom Parfitt and Mehreen Khan

Russia could offer debt-ridden Greece controversial loans and discounts on supplies of natural gas in exchange for the country's "assets", according to reports in Moscow.

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, is due to arrive in the city on Tuesday and will meet Vladimir Putin Russia’s president today.

Athens overtures to Moscow have raised fears the Leftist government is pivoting east in search of alternatives sources of finance as it bids to avoid bankruptcy. Ahead of his visit, Mr Tsipras condemned economic sanctions on Moscow as “a road to nowhere”.

Greece's dalliance with the Kremlin has also attracted criticism for potentially undermining the EU's united front against Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.

Telegraph.co.uk

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