Athens has not asked for money from Moscow: Greek official




 
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April 8th, 2015  
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Topic: Athens has not asked for money from Moscow: Greek official


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras began talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as his indebted country scrambles for funds, but officials said Athens had not asked for money from Moscow. Greece owes billions of euros in debt and interest payments and is looking for funds after failing so far to reach a deal with its European Union and International Monetary Fund partners to unlock fresh financing. Putin could offer to lift a ban on food imports from Greece, imposed in response to EU economic sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis, or propose a discount on gas deliveries. Some EU states are worried such deals might encourage Athens to break ranks over the sanctions but a Greek government official suggested this would not happen.




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