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4/8/15

Greece: Putin says:"Greece did not come to Russia with hat in hand"

There had been speculation that Mr Tsipras would seek Russian aid to ease Greece's debt crisis, and to counter pressure from its creditors in the EU.

Mr Putin said Russia would consider loans to Greece for big joint projects, potentially in the energy sector.

But analysts say Russia's own economic woes mean any help would be limited.
Greece's new government is embroiled in negotiations with the EU and IMF to unblock a bailout package and could run out of funds within weeks.

Russia was among Greece's leading trade partners before sanctions on its energy industry and Greece's own economic difficulties reduced trade between the two countries by 40%.

Read more: Putin: Greece did not seek financial aid from Russia - BBC News

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