Putin, Tsipras to talk about sanctions in Kremlin visit

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk about European Union sanctions on Russia during Greek leader’s Moscow visit next week

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will talk about the ongoing European Union (EU) sanctions on Russia and Greece’s “rather cold attitude toward this sanctions policy” during Tsipras’ visit to Moscow.

Russia is trying to strengthen its relations with individual EU countries to avoid further sanctions as any measure needs to be approved by all 28 members of the union.

The two leaders will also talk about the debt issue in Greece as the country is struggling with the country’s EU mandated bailout program.

Greek PM Tsipras reiterated his opposition to EU sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine calling them “senseless,” and inviting the sides to a negotiated solution.

Greece has been pressured to adopt austerity measures by a so called “troika” of creditors in return for a €240 billion bailout. Failure to agree on a deal may lead to the county’s default and force it to exit the European Union.

TRTWorld and agencies