Tsipras Aims to Put Diplomatic Crisis Behind in Russia Visit

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras is to visit Russia in December where he will hold talks with the country’s President Vladimir Putin, Moscow has confirmed.

Preparations for a visit to Russia are underway, the visit may take place in the coming winter, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

“Indeed, Tsipras’ visit [to Russia] and such contacts [with Putin] are being prepared. We expect such contact in the winter,” he said.

A source in Greece’s diplomatic circles told TASS earlier that Tsipras may visit Russia in the first half of December. Greece’s Nea Selida newspaper reported on Sunday the Greek prime minister had been invited to visit Moscow on December 12.

Last month, Tsipras said Athens and Moscow were working to resume relations after the diplomatic crisis of last July, when Greece expelled two Russian diplomats and denied entry to two more, accusing them of meddling with Greece’s domestic affairs and of acting to undermine its national security.

In August, the Russian foreign ministry summoned Greek Ambassador to Moscow Andreas Friganas to hand in a note of tit-for-tat measures.