Tspiras heads to St Petersburg as deadline looms for Greece

Greek Prime MinisterAlexis Tsipiras,

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras  is due to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin tomorrow at the  Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), where the possibility of an advance against revenues from a future Greek extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline is almost certain to play a part in discussions. Greece’s involvement in  the new Shanghai-based BRICS bank is also likely to be on the agenda, with anonymous sources claiming  that the crisis-stricken Greek government is planning to pay a small amount of money to the new bank in return for  economic aid.