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Tsipras Sees Red (Pipeline), Accepts Putin Invite (New Europe)


ATHENS – The new Greek government’s improved relations with Russia may help the implementation of Gazprom’s planned Turkish Stream pipeline to Europe.

On February 5, as debt negotiations between Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and his German counterpart Wolfgang Schauble in Berlin showed no compromise, Russian President Vladimir Putin invited newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to visit Moscow on May 9 for the WWII Victory Day celebrations. The two leaders discussed expanding ties between their countries in a phone call on February 5.

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