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Are alarm bells ringing over Greece approach to Russia?

It seems that alarm bells have started to ring in the USA, the NATO and also in Europe over Greece’s approach to Russia. Hardly had the new coalition government came into power and the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias wrangled with the European Union over a statement concerning sanctions against Russia. Short after, Kotzias paid a visit to Moscow. Following an invitation by President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Defense Minister Panos Kammenos will join the Russian celebrations of Nazi troops capitulation to Red Army, on May 9th 2015.

The Greek – Russia approach was “sealed” with Finance Minister Silianov saying that Moscow “could consider financial help to Greece.

At the same time, the new Greek government is in permanent brawl with the European partners, especially with Germany. Top on the dispute are the financial situation of Greece, the Greek reforms and the German insistence that Athens has to fulfill the commitments signed by the previous governments. The conflict is not expected to be diffused soon.

Is this reason enough for Greece’s partners to worry that the debt-ridden country may abandon its European approach and lay its tired head on the shoulder of the Russian bear?

Apparently they do. In an article “Could Europe lose Greece to Russia?” the BBC analyses the Greek-Russian approach and the traditional ties between the two countries.

“Officially, Greece is not searching for alternative sources of funding.

But a loan from Russia, or perhaps China, could seem a more favourable alternative – or at least supplement – to any new eurozone bailout with all its unpopular measures and reforms attached.

Greece could look forward to cheaper gas for struggling households, increased Russian investment and tourism to provide a much needed economic boost.

Moscow, in return, would be rewarded with a friendly ally with veto power inside the EU at a time of heightened tensions over the Ukraine crisis.”(full article here)

In a public opinion poll conducted last month, 68% of Greeks said that they had a positive opinion about Russia, while the positive opinion towards the EU was at 61%.

 

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4 comments

  1. None whatsoever.

  2. THE UKRAINE:-
    Of course we have all watched –
    No to Coup in Ukraine – Natalia Vitrenko’s Paris Webcast
    On youtube – n’est pas:
    If you watch the police engagement with the neo-Nazi element of 3 day the protests – you will notice that Ukraine police offered no resistance.
    In fact Ukraine police allowed themselves toi be beaten with heavy duty chains & even set on fire.
    HOW WAS THIS ALLOWED TO HAPPEN ?
    This was a FAKE COUP – a means for the EU & US of getting into Russia.
    They did not succeed.
    At some point the GOLD of the Ukraine was taken out of Ukraine for safe keeping.
    Later – mainstream media reported that the GOLD of Ukraine was SAFE at the Federal Reserve in the US.
    Later still this was denyed.
    Viktor Yannokovich was now in Russia & seriously ill – but where was the GOLD
    Russia denyed all knowlredge of the Gold.
    DO SANCTIONS REALLY HAPPEN (?)
    The UN & the EU place sanctions on Russia.
    AND the corporate world obey by stopping all business transactions with Russia.
    DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT THE CORPORATE WORLD FOREGOES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF BUSINESS JUST BECAUSE MERKEL & OBAMA ORDER IT.
    SO THEY DUMP THEIR DELIVERIES OF PRODUCTS INTO THE OCEAN & GLADLY GO BROKE (?)

  3. You lost me.

    What this has to do with Greece?

  4. The fact that msm are working up/inventing stories about this is not a good sign.
    That’s what I’d be thinking about.