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Relations between Russia, Greece taken to new level — senior Russian diplomat

July 06, 2015, 22:09 UTC+3 MOSCOW
It’s curious that Tsipras has primarily turned to Vladimir Putin time and again, this is a unique situation, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Kosachev notes
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Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras

Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras

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MOSCOW, July 6. /TASS/. The telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras following Greece’s bailout referendum indicates that the relations between the two countries have been taken to a principally new level, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Konstantin Kosachev told the Rossiya 24 TV channel on Monday.

"It’s curious that Tsipras has primarily turned to Vladimir Putin time and again. This is a unique situation," Kosachev said. "This means that the relations between the two countries have been taken to a new level. Of course, this situation has to be perceived as creating principally new opportunities for cooperation between Russia and Greece," he added.

Kosachev noted that "Russia and Greece "treated each other with obvious empathy, which had historical roots." Both countries have deep Orthodox Christian traditions and spiritual principles, pursue the same goals and interests in the world," he said.

"But we cannot be holier than the Pope and propose any solutions to Greece until it applies to us for help. A political dialogue on the highest level is appropriate now," Kosachev added.

Earlier on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras discussed the results of the referendum in Greece on the conditions of a rescue package from creditors. The conversation was initiated by the Greek side, the Kremlin press service said. The two leaders also discussed further development of the Russian-Greek cooperation.

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