MOSCOW, January 15. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin will meet today with President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who is in Moscow to participate in the forum “Russia and the world: a look into the future”.
“During the meeting it is planned to discuss condition and prospects for Russian-Greek relations, including taking into account the implementation in 2016 of “cross” Years of Russia and Greece”, – said the press service of the Kremlin.
“In addition, will address current international issues”, – said in the Kremlin.
Putin and Pavlopoulos will meet for the first time. Greek leader took office in March last year. Since then, he has not yet had the opportunity to hold talks with the President of the Russian Federation. However, Putin met with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras. After negotiations with him last spring and signed a Memorandum on holding in 2016 the year of Russia in Greece and Year of Greece in Russia.
Pavlopoulos will be the first foreign leader with whom in the coming year will meet Putin. On 14 January, Pavlopoulos met in Moscow with state Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin. It was, in particular, about the relations between Russia and the EU and European sanctions. The Greek President expressed hope that “all problems will be solved in the near future.” He is convinced that “only economic considerations” normalization of relations is in the interests of both Russia and the EU.