Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will pay an official visit to Moscow on April 8 according to reports in the Greek media on Tuesday. It follows an announcement on Monday that the Greek PM has accepted an invitation by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Berlin on March 23.
Tsipras was originally scheduled to visit the Russian capital on the occasion of the 70-year anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, on May 9, but his visit has now been brought forward to next month, according to sources both from Greece and from Russia cited in the Greek media, upon Athens’ initiative.
The government is pinning significant hopes on the contacts of the PM abroad, saying they are not just for the sake of appearances.
There is particular anticipation for next Monday’s trip of Tsipras to Germany and his meeting with Merkel.
“This will be a meeting of substance, and not just for the sake of photographs,» government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridis said on Tuesday morning.
“Obviously the issue of liquidity will also be on the table,” he added.