Tsipras goes to Moscow – the comeback of orthodox brotherhood

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has arrived in Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Greece struggles with a debt crisis. Greek officials have previously pointed to Russia as a possible alternative source of financial assistance. (BBC)

Greece could ask Moscow to bankroll a bailout, Gazprom could agree to a gas discount, or the two sides could talk about how to sidestep EU sanctions. (Russia Today)

Greece has not asked Russia for financial aid and wants to resolve its debt problems within the European Union, a Greek government official said to “The Moscow Times

Analysts say that while the visit might see Moscow lift an embargo on Greek fruit, overall it is more about political grandstanding aimed at pressuring Europe rather than a serious shift in policy. Tsipras, a former Communist who came to power in January, has made no secret of seeking closer ties to Russia at a time when Moscow is at loggerheads with the European Union over the conflict in Ukraine. (Ekathimerini)