MOSCOW, April 20 (Sputnik) – Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller will pay a working visit to Greece on Tuesday, company spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said Monday.
During the visit, Miller is expected to meet with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
After Tsipras's visit to Moscow last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that joint projects could become a financial lifeline for Greece, a country with heavy debts to the international community. One such project is Russia's new Turkish Stream gas pipeline that could turn Greece into a gas hub for Europe.
On Friday, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported that Athens and Moscow would soon sign a bilateral agreement stipulating a Russian prepayment of 3-5 billion euro [$3.2-$5.3 billion] for a gas pipeline from Turkey. The report was rejected by Kremlin.
The Turkish Stream is set to have an annual capacity of 63 billion cubic meters of gas. Turkey would use around one fifth of the volume, and the rest would be pumped to a hub on the Turkish-Greece border for European Union customers.