Tsipras, Putin see eye to eye on en­ergy, di­verge on geopol­i­tics

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin held wide-rang­ing talks in Moscow yesterday, agree­ing that a diplo­matic spat in the sum­mer had ended and ex­press­ing a com­mon in­ter­est in en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion.

In a joint press con­fer­ence, Putin said Moscow would con­sider invit­ing Greek com­pa­nies to help de­liver Rus­sian gas to Euro­pean coun­tries. “We are ready to con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity of invit­ing Greek com­pa­nies to join ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects for the de­liv­ery of Rus­sian gas to Europe via the south­ern route,” Putin said. The two lead­ers also dis­cussed co­op­er­a­tion in other ar­eas of the econ­omy in­clud­ing tourism.

The two men in­di­cated that a dis­pute this sum­mer, which led Athens to ex­pel Rus­sian diplo­mats sus­pected of try­ing to un­der­mine the Mace­do­nia name deal, was in the past. Putin de­scribed the al­le­ga­tions that led to the ejec­tion of the Rus­sian diplo­mats, and the sub­se­quent dis­missal of Greek en­voys from Rus­sia, as “rub­bish, non­sense.” “I hope this page has re­ally been turned,” he said. “The case is closed, we are look­ing ahead,” Tsipras agreed.

The Greek premier ex­pressed his con­cern over Turkey’s pur­chase of S-400 sur­face-to-air mis­sile sys­tems from Rus­sia in a deal that has un­nerved Wash­ing­ton and Turkey’s NATO al­lies. “I ex­pressed our con­cern in re­la­tion to Turkey’s new de­fense pro­gram,” he said.

As for the Pre­spes name deal, Tsipras de­fended it as a “fair ba­sis” for solv­ing a chronic prob­lem and keep­ing na­tion­al­ist forces at bay.

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