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Greece: Putin and Tsipras meet in Athens ahead of bilateral talks

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met at the Maximus Mansion on Friday ahead of bilateral talks on trade, energy, transport, and the amended visa programme for Russian citizens. SOT, Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister (Greek): "Your visit, during the Greece-Russia Year, confirms the high level of our bilateral relations as well as our strong willingness for these relations to be upgraded. This tendency was particularly boosted over the past year with my visit to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, where we had the chance to meet and enhance our cooperation." SOT, Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister (Greek): "I will repeat that the strengthening of our relations are a strategic choice for Greece which is mandated by the historically strong cultural, spiritual ties between our people. It is also mandated by the possibilities lying ahead of us, on an economical level, but also when it comes to enhancing stability and peace in the wider region." SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): "We continue with the series of meetings and consultations at the highest levels. [Greek translation]. It is happening while the Greek-Russian cultural year is going on. [Greek translation]. In Moscow and in Saint-Petersburg, we have discussed in detail our economical-trade sphere [Greek translation]. Of course, we have a lot of problems and times are difficult, but we definitely have perspectives [Greek translation]. And of course, we need to transform this kind, mutual relationship, the feelings of two nations in the sphere of economic development and partnership [Greek translation]. It is not only in energy, it is also hi-tech areas, infrastructure [Greek translation], we both need to invest. I hope that we will talk about all of it today." Video ID: 20160527 054 Video on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv Contact: cd@ruptly.tv Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ruptly Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ruptly LiveLeak: http://www.liveleak.com/c/Ruptly Vine: https://vine.co/Ruptly Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/Ruptly YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/RuptlyTV DailyMotion: http://www.dailymotion.com/ruptly