RZD of­fers to de­pend on Moscow’s take

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - ILIAS BELLOS

It will take a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion from the Krem­lin to de­ter­mine whether Rus­sian Rail­ways (RZD) will sub­mit bind­ing of­fers for three Greek com­pa­nies un­der pri­va­ti­za­tions – train com­pa­nies Train­ose and Rosco, and the Thes­sa­loniki Port Author­ity (OLTH).

The de­ci­sion will be di­rectly af­fected by the ex­tent of progress Moscow sees in the broader con­text of eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion with Athens, which cer­tainly in­cludes en­ergy, ac­cord­ing to Rus­sian diplo­matic sources that spoke to Kathimerini.

The same sources re­mind that in his re­cent let­ter of con­grat­u­la­tions to Alexis Tsipras fol­low­ing his re­elec­tion on Septem­ber 20 as Greek prime min­is­ter, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin ex­pressed the hope that con­struc­tive di­a­logue and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tions will con­tinue to strengthen Rus­sianGreek partnerships in sec­tors such as com­merce, the econ­omy, en­ergy, etc.

The RZD board last Wed­nes­day de­cided to rec­om­mend to its main share­holder, the Rus­sian state, that the com­pany ab­stained from the Greek sell-off ten­ders.

The fi­nal de­ci­sion now rests with Moscow, which is why on Thurs­day the Rus­sian Rail­ways is­sued a state­ment re­fut­ing that the com­pany had with­drawn from the Greek as­set ten­ders and stressed that it is still keep­ing them un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

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