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SYRIZA’s election win benefits Greece, EU — senior Russian lawmaker

September 21, 2015, 15:27 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Greece having Aleksis Tsipras as its main negotiator will be the EU’s dialogue partner, and not a country of hopelessly lost opportunities that keeps the doors shut," the lawmaker said
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MOSCOW, September 21. /TASS/. The SYRIZA party’s victory in the early parliamentary elections in Greece will benefit not just Greece, but the whole of the European Union, the chairman of the Federation Council’s foreign affairs committee, Konstantin Kosachyov, has said.

"I believe that this will benefit Greece and the European Union because Greece having Aleksis Tsipras as its main negotiator will be the EU’s dialogue partner, and not a country of hopelessly lost opportunities that keeps the doors shut," Koshachyov said after the returns from the early parliamentary elections in Greece.

The left-of-centre coalition SYRIZA under the former prime minister, Aleksis Tsipras, emerged the winner in last Sunday’s early parliamentary elections to have collected 35.47% of the votes.

Kosachyov described the results as a "victory of common sense".

"On the one hand, Tsipras has rid his own party of the most radical members, who had come pretty close to demanding the abrogation of relations with the European Union. A more pragmatic policy of looking for and achieving agreement with the EU whenever possible gained the upper hand," Kosachyov believes.

The legislator believes that SYRIZA’s convincing win in the elections is "a certain step towards a situation where future agreements, yet to be achieved between the European Union and Greece, should be meaningful, stable and devoid of any emotions on either side."

"The time of turmoil is in the past. Tsipras has taken a very competent step as a politician," Kosachyov said.

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