Since the first three days of Alexis Tsipras election. Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told CNBC that Russia would consider giving financial help to debt-ridden Greece. Siluanov said Greece had not yet asked Russia for assistance, but he did not rule out an agreement between the two countries if Greece came asking.
“Well, we can imagine any situation, so if such petition is submitted to the Russian government, we will definitely consider it
Some days later, on the peak of Greece’s negotiations with European authorities, -actually, on the same day and time of the ctitical meeting of the Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble, Vladimir Putin called Alexis, teasing more Berlin by his -on- the- side involvement in the European play.
Informations leaked to several Greek media describe Alexis’ surprise when he picked up the phone,-not because he was not expecting it, ( the PM’s office was officially informed of president’s Putin intention to call the Greek PM), but because he heard Vladimir saying in Greek
“Καλησπέρα σύντροφε !” (Good afternoon, comrade), According to the same sources, Alexis answered ” Kαλησπέρα φίλε σύντροφε!” ( Good afternoon friend comrade)
Oficially, as the State NERIT Tv reported, Putin called Greek Prime Minister to invite him to Moscow on May 9th 2015, an invitation welcomed by Alexis, and which, by the way, is not an accidental invitation date for the Greek PM to visit Moscow.
Russia celebrates the 9th of May as the Victory Day to mark the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War.
As reported by the Greek Media, the phone conversation took place at 1:30 pm when the Varoufakis-Schaeuble meeting was scheduled to conclude and the press conference to start.
Putin and Tsipras reportedly talked about “all issues”.
In a statement issued by the Russian Presidency, Putin and Tsipras talked about the Ukraine and “other international issues, among them the South Stream and the Turkish Stream pipelines.
Also the Russian Foreign and Defense Ministers have invited to Moscow their Greek counterparts.
As a high-ranking Greek official had htold media, wrote te keeptalkinggreece blog,
“Greece wants to broaden the spectrum of intense negotiations and the pressure tools towards German intransigence.
The high-ranking official said also that the conversation took place after Putin’s request, who shows strong interest for the moves of the Greek government.”