Greece considers Russia as "strategic partner"

Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis told visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that Greece will further promote bilateral relations with Russia, which Greece considers as a strategic partner.

Karamanlis underlined that Athens views Moscow as a "partner of strategic importance," saying bilateral issues, regional cooperation and international matters are on the agenda of talks.

"Greece places particular emphasis on the further development of relations with Russia in all sectors, as well as in the boosting of relations between the European Union and Russia," he said.

Putin said that the Athens meeting will allow the two sides to discuss bilateral, multilateral and international issues, especially in the fields of energy sector and financial cooperation.

During the press conference after the tripartite summit which involves Greece, Russia and Bulgaria, Putin told reporters that the relations between Greece and Russia have a strategic character and do not concern energy alone.

He stressed that there is ground for more balanced and qualitatively better trade and economic relations, military and technical cooperation and coordination between Greece and Russia in the international field, where their views coincide to a great degree.

Putin was also received by his Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias after the tripartite meeting, who praised the planned Burgas-Alexandroupoli oil pipeline a "pipeline of friendship and cooperation."

Putin arrived in Athens to take part in the three-party meeting between them and Bulgarian President Georgi Purvanov on an oil pipeline project to be jointly built by the three countries.

Source: Xinhua



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