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Europarliament warns Greece against deviating from EU policy towards Russia

April 08, 2015, 13:39 UTC+3 BERLIN
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to hold a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday
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BERLIN, April 8. /TASS/. The European Parliament’s president, Martin Schulz, has warned Athens against deviating from the EU’s common policy towards Russia. He made a statement in an interview to Muenchner Merkur in the light of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s visit to Moscow.

The Greek government, Schulz said, is calling upon its European partners for solidarity. "For our part we can demand solidarity and guarantees that solidarity should not be discontinued as a result of unilateral deviation from common action," Schulz said. "This is what he (Tsipras) should be guided by in Moscow. The European Union expects this of him as the head of government of one of the EU member-countries."

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to hold a meeting with Alexis Tsipras, who is arriving in Russia on a working visit later on Wednesday.

"There are plans for discussing a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, including that in trade, the economy, investment, culture and humanitarian affairs," the Kremlin said.

There are plans for discussing the widest possible range of issues on the bilateral agenda, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. He did not rule out that the theme of the food embargo will be touched upon.

"We do have cooperation in agriculture. We have registered a decline in trade turnover in that sphere after Russia was forced to take retaliatory measures in response to EU sanctions. We presume that this issue will be raised in some form," he said.

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