Lafazanis to visit Moscow – Tsipras and Kammenos to follow

Lafazanis to visit Moscow – Tsipras and Kammenos to follow

Athens, March 30, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Greek Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Panagiotis Lafazanis departed Sunday for the capital of Russia for a two-day visit, after Russian Energy Minister invitation Alexander Novak.

Parliamentary spokesman of SYRIZA Thanasis Petrakos will also be part of the delegation.

Lafazanis will meet Monday in the Russian capital with his counterpart Novak to discuss energy issues, with a focus on the energy relations of the two countries.

He will also meet with the CEO of Gazprom Alexey Miller and representatives of the Russian Duma and government officials.

The visit of Lafazanis will be followed by that of Alexis Tsipras on April 8, while on the 17-18th of the same month the Russian capital will also visit the Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos. The recent mobility with Russia marks the opening of the Greek government to a more realistic policy, hoping that it will bring both economic and geopolitical benefits at a critical period for Greece.

It is no coincidence that both the American and the German side fear a rapprochement between Greece and Russia, which can be considered as a deliberate move by Alexis Tsipras to be used to exert political pressure in the government’s efforts to reach a solution for the greek debt.

Many analysts of course, say it is difficult for the Greek side to find financial support from Russia, due to the poor economic situation there. There are some, however, who are pointing to Russia’s reaction to Cyprus, when the Anastasiades government tried to find support from the Russian government, when the economic crisis broke out on the island.