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Putin hopes for continuing dialogue and strengthening Russian-Greek cooperation

September 21, 2015, 11:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Russian leader has sent a telegram congratulating Alexis Tsipras on the victory of the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) in the election to the Greek parliament
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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW, September 21. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram to Alexis Tsipras congratulating him on the victory of the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) in the election to the Greek parliament, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.

"In the telegram, the head of the Russian state expressed hope for continuing constructive dialogue and active joint work on further strengthening mutually beneficial Russian-Greek cooperation in different spheres, including trade and economy, energy and humanitarian spheres," the Kremlin noted.

The Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) of Alexis Tsipras won Sunday’s early parliamentary elections in Greece gaining 35.47% of the vote, Greece’s Interior Ministry said after 98.25% of the cast ballots were counted.

Syriza secured 145 seats in the parliament, while its closest rival, the right-wing New Democracy party won 28.09% of the votes or 75 seats. The ultra-nationalist Popular Association - Golden Dawn party came third with 6.99% of the vote or 18 seats.

The Syriza party will form a coalition government of 155 seats in the 300-seat parliament with its old partner, the Independent Greeks.

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