Greek prime minister makes controversial visit as Moscow says it is is willing to offer cheap gas and loans to his cash-starved government
Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras arrived in Moscow last night and is due to meet Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev later today.
His visit comes at a particularly sensitive time in the country’s protracted bail-out negotiations. Greece faces a crunch 450m loan repayment to the IMF – one which some members of the Leftist government have threatened to renege on.
According to reports in the Russia media, Moscow is willing to provide a credit line to Athens, as well as a deal on easing a food export ban and discounting natural gas. In return, the Russians have touted the idea of taking a stake in some of Greece’s national travel and power companies.