Greece and Russia full of energy

Although a meeting between the Greek and Russian foreign ministers in Moscow yesterday was overshadowed by the terrorist bombings in London, it gave the two diplomats an opportunity to broach a number of other matters, including closer cooperation on energy matters, which will prove vital for Greece in particular. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov used yesterday’s meeting with Petros Molyviatis partly as an opportunity to condemn terrorism but also to attack Western states for granting asylum to Chechen officials. He called for the «political games» around the fight against terrorism to stop. This issue aside, the two men discussed a range of matters, such as the Cyprus problem and stability in the Balkans, but focused particularly on the possibility of closer links in the energy sector. Molyviatis said the subject was of «paramount importance» as Greece seeks to build on its improved standing following the inauguration of work on the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline last Sunday. Lavrov emphasized the importance of this project to Moscow as well.

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