Athens Eager to Strengthen Ties With Russia - Greek Vice Foreign Minister

© REUTERS / Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2015 (SPIEF 2015) in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 19, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2015 (SPIEF 2015) in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 19, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Athens is ready to deepen ties with Russia, Greek Vice Foreign Minister Ioannis Amanatidis told Sputnik.

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Anna Liatsou — Last week, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reshuffled his cabinet, axing ministers in opposition of the new bailout agreement with European creditors. Amanatidis is among the newly-appointed officials.

Before the administration was changed, Greece's ruling Syriza party secretary Dimitris Vitsas told Sputnik that even in case of a great change in the government Greek-Russian relations would not be affected.

“Greece and Russia have traditionally had perfect relations both on the diplomatic and political and economic levels. The further development of these relations might have multiple perspectives, especially with a country with which we share our cultural tradition.”

Amanatidis added that agreements made by the previous Cabinet would remain in effect.

"The agreements of the previous government still have power if they meet the national interests and the geopolitical aims of the state."

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Greece and Russia boosted bilateral cooperation after the Syriza party came to power in January 2015.

Earlier this month, Russian envoy to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said that Moscow was ready to assist Greece economically.

Athens currently awaits the extension of Russia’s proposed Turkish Stream gas pipeline through Greece, as the two countries signed in June a memorandum on cooperation for the construction of the pipeline.

Earlier on Monday, new Greek Energy Minister Panos Skurletis said that the new Greek government would continue cooperation with Russia on the pipeline extension project.

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