ATHENS – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, a former Communist youth leader, said the European Union’s sanctions on Russia over Ukraine were “hypocritical.”
Tsipras, who will visit Russian President Vladimir Putin in May, has been edging closer to him since battling the EU over debt relief.
The Radical Left SYRIZA leader told Germany’s Stern magazine that an economic war with Russia was in no-one’s interests.
“If you want to punish Russia, you need to punish all the countries where Russian multi-billionaires have invested their assets,” he said, without mentioning that Cyprus has long been regarded as a haven for them.
“I want the EU to speak with one voice… But Greece is also suffering from the sanctions. Russian tourists are staying away, our agricultural sector is suffering,” he said, apparently believing the money and trade were more important than Russian separatists trying to take over huge parts of Ukraine and killing people.