Lafaza­nis on Rus­sian cash and Grexit plan

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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.

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