Kremlin considers discussion on Russian involvement in Greek debt problem premature, says Putin’s spokesman

Kremlin considers discussion on Russian involvement in Greek debt problem premature, says Putin’s spokesman

Athens, June 19, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Storchak: The only way out of the crisis for Greece is a compromise with its lenders

Siluanov: There are Russian companies interested to invest in Greece

Ulyukaev: Russia has no plans to purchase greek government bonds

Kremlin considers premature any discussion on Russia’s participation in resolving the greek debt problem, until there are relevant proposals from Athens, answered the spokesman of the Russian President of Russia, Dmitry Peskov, to a question of the Russian State news agency TASS, in view of the meeting of Vladimir Putin with the Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras.

“To examine such an issue, we first need to listen to proposals or initiatives on the part of our Greek partners. Let’s wait for the talks to start, “said Kremlin’s spokesman”, adding that “discussing vaguely without having any requests or proposals is not wise. Let’s wait for the discussion (between the two leaders) and then we will inform you”.

According to TASS, the Deputy Prime Minister, Arkady  Dvorkovich has said on the issue of providing financial assistance to Greece: “We will support any decision (to resolve the Greek debt crisis), that will be proposed by Greece and our European partners. First priority for us is the investment projects and trade with Greece. If financial support is required we will examine the issue”.

In an interview with the television network ‘Russia today’, Dvorkovich said: “priority for us is a stable Europe and a stable Greece. We will support in every possible way a resolution of the Greek economic crisis”.

The Deputy Prime Minister also noted that many countries in Europe, Greece among them, seek the lifting of sanctions as soon as possible. “These countries think of their businesses, their economy, and not politics. We believe this to be a constructive approach, which is why we have more consultation with such countries than with the leading countries of Europe which do not want to continue the economic dialogue”.

Storchak: The only way out of the crisis for Greece is a compromise with its lenders

The government of Greece is essential to agree with its creditors on the new terms of debt payments and continue structural reforms, said on Friday afternoon, to the Russian satellite network “Russia-24”, the Deputy Finance Minister and Russia’s spokesman to the Development Bank the BRICS Sergei Storchak.

According to Russian state news agency TASS, Storchak said: “Apart from the efforts to find a compromise with the lenders, at this moment there is no another solution (for Greece). The other side of the same coin is the continuation of structural reforms, which were developed by Greek Authorities, and for the implementation of which they are based on the country’s citizens”.

Russian officials argue that the loss of support of the Greek government on the part of taxpayers will mean the failure of the structural reforms.

Siluanov: There are Russian companies interested to invest in Greece

The existence of Russian companies interested in investment projects in Greece, without receiving financial support from the state, pointed out the Finance Minister of Russia Anton Siluanov.

“If Greece suggests interesting commercial projects, our companies are ready to consider such possibilities”, Siluanov told reporters, according TASS news agency.

However, the Greek government does not intend to provide any state financial support to these companies, says the Russian agency. “No, we do not aim at that”, was his answer to a relevant question.

Russian Finance Minister also noted that there can be no question of buying greek government bonds with money from Russian state budget.

Ulyukaev: Russia has no plans to purchase greek government bonds

Russia does not plan to buy government bonds of Greece, but is ready to support the Russian companies, which will work to construct on Greek territory the extension of the so-called Turkish Stream, said Russia’s Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukaev, speaking in the sidelines of the International Economic Forum.

“I do not think we can buy bonds issued by Greece. We do not see any reason to invest in greek bonds”, said the Russian minister.

At the same time, as he explained to journalists, Russia “is ready to invest, to give guarantees to companies”, which will be involved in the construction of the South European Gas Pipeline.

The head of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development said that if Greece suggests commercially interesting projects for Russian companies, then “such investments will be welcomed”.