Lafazanis on Russian cash and Grexit plan
Former energy minister Panayotis Lafazanis, who left SYRIZA in the summer of 2015 to set up Popular Unity, a leftist, pro-drachma party, said on Saturday that when he was in government he agreed with Moscow that Russia would make a downpayment for a gas pipeline so the money could be used to finance Greece if it left the euro.
Lafazanis told Vima FM that under the agreement, Greece would receive several billion euros. “The pipeline would have changed the economic and foreign policy conditions for Greece,” he said. “The downpayment would have been made but in the meantime the [third] memorandum [with the EU and IMF] was signed, I left the ministry and Greece returned to the logic of the euro.”
Lafazanis was also critical of former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, saying he is focused on personal gain rather then telling the truth about his time in government.
Greece’s synchronized swimming team competes in the Women’s Free Combination Final at the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Saturday. The Greek team did not place among the medals. China won the gold in the event, with Ukraine picking up the silver and Japan the bronze.