Greece arranges 18 June meeting with Putin as ‘Grexit’ looms

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last month

Grexit: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has arranged to meet Vladimir Putin on 18 June, fuelling fears that Athens might seek a deal with Moscow that would circumvent EU sanctions on Russia.
Athens is looking for a €5bn advance from Russia in return for becomeing a central hub for a Russia-Europe gas pipeline.The announcement of the meeting came as Tsipras told the Greek parliament that the EU was forcing “absurd” austerity measures on the cash-strapped country.
The PM accused the country’s creditors of doing all they could to scupper a cash-for- reforms deal that would give Greece a new injection of loans. He said the EU was pushing Athens towards default and an exit from the euro.“The creditors’ proposals are unrealistic and a step back in negotiations. The Greek government cannot agree to irrational proposals. Greek people should be proud because the government is not going to give into absurd proposals.”

Source: ibtimes