ATHENS – With Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Moscow meeting President Vladimir Putin, a Greek official here said that the government will not seek loans.
Greece’s new coalition government led by Tsipras’ Radical Left SYRIZA party is locked in tough talks with international lenders over unfinished reforms and there were fears he might be leaning toward Russia as a backup plan.
But an unnamed official told Reuters that Greece has not asked Russia for a stopgap loan aid and wants to resolve its debt problems within the European Union.
“We have not asked for financial aid,” the official said before talks in Moscow. “We want to solve our issues of debt… within the Eurozone.”