MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. There was no agreement with Athens on funnelling a pre-payment, three to five billion euros worth, within the framework of a project on laying out a section of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline via Greece, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday.
"Putin personally said at the phone-in conference that no-one has turned for help," Peskov told the Business FM radio station. "Naturally, an issue of energy partnership was on the table. Naturally, following the summit talks it was agreed that all the issues related to cooperation in energy would be considered at experts’ level. But Russia did not promise to render financial assistance since no-one had asked for it."
Russian President Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Moscow on April 8.
Earlier on Saturday, the German Spiegel online newspaper reported that Moscow would funnel from three to five billion euros to Athens as an advance payment within the framework of a project for laying out a section of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline via Greece. Spiegel Online citing a Syriza (Greece’s Coalition of the Radical left) party member acquainted with details of the talks said that Greece was planning to seal a deal in energy with Russia next Tuesday.
The money Russia would allocate would be a deterred credit and Greeks would be able to pay it off when transportation of gas via their territory to Europe along with operation of the Turkish Stream pipeline yields revenues, the Spiegel Online said.