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Gazprom CEO in Athens for talks with PM Tsipras, Energy Minister Lafazanis

Alexei Miller, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Management Committee of Russian energy company Gazprom will be in Athens tomorrow, Tuesday to talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Energy Minister  Panagiotis Lafazanis.

Miller, Tsipras and Lafazanis will discuss “current energy issues of interest,” Greek Energy Ministry said in a statement.

It is the second visit of Gazprom CEO in Athens within a week.

Greece’s leadership talks with the Gazprom have intensified after the visit of Greek Prime Minister in Moscow end of March, where Alexis Tsipras has reportedly agreed with Russian president Vladimir Putin, to allow the Russian-Turkish gas pipeline Turkish Stream to pass transit through Greece.

The new Greek government of left-wing and nationalists of the country suffering from extreme cash shortage and at risk not to be able to meet its obligations towards its creditors EU, IMF and ECB has often angered its EU and eurozone partners by seeking help from Russia.

Already last week, Greek government sources have claimed that the signature of the relevant “memorandum of cooperation” was imminent and could take place this week, that is today, Monday or tomorrow, Tuesday.

On Saturday, Greek government sources had told German and Greek media, that Russia would pay 5 billion euro in advance to Greece for transit charges. The claim was dismissed by the spokesman of Vladimir Putin.

Now, the Greek Energy Ministry speaks of “talks” but no signature.

Gazprom spokesman confirmed to Reuters, Miller’s visit.

Gazprom is Russia’s largest company and the world’s biggest natural gas producer.

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