Siluanov: If Greece asks for help we will consider it

Siluanov: If Greece asks for help we will consider it

Athens, January 30, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

“If Greece seeks for help, certainly we will consider the proposal”, said on Thursday evening, Finance Minister of Russia Anton Siluanov.

Speaking to US television network CNBC, the Russian minister said that Greece has not yet asked Russia for help, but did not rule out an agreement between the two countries if Greece requests it.

“We cannot imagine any situation. So if such a request is made to the Russian government, we will certainly examine it, but we will take into account all aspects of our bilateral relations. If submitted, we will examine it”, said Siluanov.

As noted by the American network, in an article titled “Russia tends an olive branch to the Greeks”, these statements come two days after the new Greek government distanced itself from EU’s intention to strengthen the sanctions against Russia – suggesting that Greece could be facing east for support.

A few hours earlier, the company of Russian Railways stated “ready” to look different collaboration scenarios, if the privatisation of transport companies in Greece are canceled.

This was stressed by the head of the Russian state monopoly and considered personal friend of President Putin, Vladimir Yakunin.

“If it is decided to continue (privatisation), we will participate. If it decided not to go through with the privatisation, we will see how the Greek government plans to develop the railway companies and if a chance to work together comes up”, he said according to the Russian state news agency RIA- Novosti the Russian official.