RZD offers to depend on Moscow’s take
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now rests with Moscow, which is why on Thursday the Russian Railways issued a statement refuting that the company had withdrawn from the Greek asset tenders and stressed that it is still keeping them under consideration.