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Russian-Greek talks

December 7, 2018, The Kremlin, Moscow

Vladimir Putin held talks at the Kremlin with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who arrived in Russia on a working visit.

The discussion covered issues related to bilateral cooperation in various areas and topical international and regional problems.

Following the consultations, Vladimir Putin and Alexis Tsipras attended a ceremony to exchange documents signed during the Greek Prime Minister’s visit to Russia.

The signed documents concern cooperation in countering crime; cooperation in fitness, sports and education; exchange of cutting-edge experience in transport; and the development of customs cooperation.

Vladimir Putin and Alexis Tsipras also made press statements and answered media questions.

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Beginning of the meeting with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister, colleagues,

We are happy to welcome you to Moscow.

This year we marked 190 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries.

We are glad that our bilateral trade is growing. We have a lot to discuss, including the situation in the region and some international issues.

We are happy to see you. Welcome to Moscow.

Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Alexis Tsipras (retranslated): Mr President, we are delighted to see you.

It is a great honour to be in the Kremlin once again.

The last time I visited Russia was three years ago. Many things have changed over these three years. Greece has found its way and is now in a good situation. But the international agenda remains largely critical.

However, the relations that have historically developed between our countries have not changed, which allows us to work towards stability and peace in the region and the rest of the world.

Vladimir Putin: Thank you.


December 7, 2018, The Kremlin, Moscow