The next stop of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, after his upcoming official visit to Berlin, will be Moscow. According to Greek media, Tsipras, who is in constant communication with foreign leaders seeking support to solve the country’s economic riddle, will visit the Russian capital on April 8. The announcement came just a few hours after Tsipras has accepted an invitation by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Berlin on Monday, March 23.
It should be noted that Greece’s first leftist Prime Minister was scheduled to visit Moscow on the occasion of the 70th anniversary since the end of World War II in Europe but the visit was decided to be brought forward after a Greek initiative, as sources from both countries confirmed. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades is also invited to attend the Victory Day (May 9) celebrations.
Meetings of substance and not for the sake of photographs
According to sources close to the Greek government, Tsipras’ meetings abroad are of great significance and not just for the sake of appearance. Regarding the upcoming meeting with the German Chancellor, Greek government spokesperson Gavriil Sakellaridis said on Thursday that “this will be a meeting of substance, and not just for the sake of photographs,” leaving an insinuation for the previous government’s effectiveness in such meetings. “Obviously the issue of liquidity will also be on the table,” he concluded.