The Kremlin confirmed media reports about the upcoming visit of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Moscow. The visit takes place after bilateral relations soured and both countries expelled diplomats, when Greece accused Russian diplomats of meddling into the country’s domestic affairs and acting against the national security. The Russian diplomtas were allegedly funding protests against the Macedonia deal between Greece and FYROM.
Preparations for a visit to Russia by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his meeting with President Vladimir Putin 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 told Russian news agency tass.
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 crisis and announced his plans to visit Russian in 2018.
In July, Greece expelled two Russian diplomats and denied entry to two more. According to the Kathemirini newspaper, Athens accused these people of meddling with Greece’s domestic affairs and of acting to undermine its national security.
In August, the Russian Foreign Ministry expelled two Greek diplomats and cancelled the visit of Sergei Lavrov to Athens.