Greece was in a very difficult situation, and currently the majority in the West are wondering what caused an intensification of contacts between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with the Kremlin, writes.
on the first day of the week an emergency summit of the Eurozone leaders decide the fate of the Greek public debt - to provide a "left" government that refuses to make concessions, another postponement, or to put the country before the threat of default, with a possible exit from the single European Union currency.
on the background of this drama many are baffled that the Prime Minister Tsipras, accused the EU of all the problems of Greece, at the end of last week I traveled to St. Petersburg international economic forum, and then had a lengthy private conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, says the magazine.
"If the plan Tsipras was to get emergency cash assistance to Russia before the impending day of reckoning with the European creditors, these hopes did not materialize. According to Vladimir Putin, the Russian monetary aid to Greece was not even raised, " reminds GSM.
Russia, however, agreed with Greece about very significant things. The Ministers of energy of the country pairs signed a contract for $2, 3 billion on the completion of construction of the pipeline " South stream ", according to which Moscow will be able to deliver to the European Union gas bypassing Ukraine. The project is designed to deliver 63 billion cubic meters of gas under the Black sea, in the past year seemed to be dead, when Bulgaria has suspended its participation therein under pressure from the EU. It was renamed the " Turkish stream ".
"Russia needs the EU, is ready to become the new European" gas centre ". Under the terms of the agreement, Russia pays for the construction of the pipeline within Greece. For its part, Athens will own half of the gas distribution network on their land. After the implementation of the project s 2019 He can bring to the Greek Treasury hundreds of millions of dollars, " says the magazine.
"We will build this pipeline is not against anyone in the EU or anyone else. This tubing for peace and stability in the region in General ", - quotes CSM Minister of energy of Greece Panagiotis Lafazanis.
It will not help Greece right now. But It lays the Foundation for long-term bilateral relations, which will be developed regardless of whether Greece will remain in the Eurozone or not, writes the American magazine.