Putin will visit Athos

Visit of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to Greece will be his first since November 2015 visit to the European Union. “This visit attach great importance. Both sides have the hope that through negotiations and contacts will be able to intensify relations in all areas”, — said Thursday at a briefing for journalists assistant to the President Yuri Ushakov.

The President and Prime Minister of Greece agree that should reduce tensions in relations between Russia and the EU, and together with Italy in favour of the resumption of political dialogue. The Greeks are opposed to sanctions, but are forced to follow the official line of the EU, said Ushakov. According to him, the Greek side is constantly raises the question of the resumption of exports to Russia of agricultural products. However, according to Ushakov, the special conditions for any of the countries Russia will not create.

Positive Greece applies to Russia’s policy in Syria as politicians believe that its actions will reduce the flow of migration, from which Greece is suffering, said Ushakov.

The Greeks favour the intensive care unit in varying degrees of the project “South stream”, they are also important issues of VTS given the fact that Greece faces the challenge of containment of Turkey, said Ushakov.

The President of Russia at negotiations with the President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will discuss trade-economic cooperation. Trade continues to decline. In 2015 the trade turnover amounted to $ 2.75 billion, a decrease of 34% compared to the previous year, this year the decline continues. In January-March trade decreased by 16%.

In the course of negotiations will be discussed and the development of tourism, and energy projects. After the talks, Putin and Tsipras will give a press conference. After that they will visit the Museum of Byzantine and Christian art, which will open the exhibition icons of Andrei Rublev’s “the Ascension” from the Tretyakov gallery.

After that, Ushakov said, Putin will hold “informal contact with the Chairman of the opposition party New democracy.

On Saturday, Putin will travel to MT. There he will visit the Church of the Dormition of the virgin, and then the Russian monastery of St. Panteleimon, where the ceremony will take place in the presence of Patriarch Kirill. Putin will talk with the monastic brethren and dine with her.