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Telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras

March 10, 2016

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Alexis Tsipras on the initiative of the Greek side.

The exchange covered pressing matters of bilateral cooperation with both sides confirming their resolve to strengthen mutually advantageous ties in various fields, primarily trade, investment and energy. It was noted that the events planned for the reciprocal Years of Culture in 2016 between Greece and Russia, as well as celebrations to mark 1000 years since Russian monks settled on Mount Athos would open up new opportunities to bring the two nations closer together.

The discussion of international issues focussed mainly on the Syrian crisis, stressing the need to observe the ceasefire in that country. The President of Russia said ensuring the ceasefire was a key factor in normalising the internal situation and alleviating the humanitarian crisis in the region, as well as an important step on the way to a political settlement within Syria. The Greek Prime Minister stated his high assessment of the efforts made and spoke in detail of the measures taken by the European Union to resolve the refugee crisis.

The parties agreed on a plan of future contacts at various levels.

March 10, 2016