Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived in Moscow on the evening of December 6 for talks the next day with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Premier Dmitry Medvedev aimed at boosting relations and ensuring a Greek role in a Russian gas pipeline to Europe.

“The Greek Prime Minister is coming to Moscow in the hope of building bridges and gas pipelines,” Chris Weafer, a senior partner at Macro-Advisory in Moscow, told New Europe.

Traditional allies, Athens and Moscow are reportedly eager to repair the damage caused by a diplomatic dispute that resulted in the expulsion of four Russian diplomats from Greece after evidence revealed that Russia was trying to bribe officials and foment opposition demonstrations to a controversial deal between Athens and FYROM/Macedonia over the latter’s name that would likely to pave the way for Skopje’s NATO membership, which Russia sees as an attempt to weaken its influence in the western Balkans.

 

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