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    Threats to Expel Greece From Eurozone Are a Bluff - Tsipras

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    Greek prime minister said that the deal with creditors has to be sealed after the referendum.

    Greek PM Alexis Tsipras assured any statements about expelling Greece from the Eurozone if Sunday Greek people say "no"are a bluff:

    "Some people insist that the result of the referendum would determine Greece's presence in the eurozone."

    "I want to say that there were, certainly, secret plans to expel Greece from the eurozone if the Greeks vote 'no' at the referendum. But it is a bluff," Tsipras added.

    Tsipras also said that his government aims to seal a new bailout deal after the referendum.    

    "A 'no' vote will be a decisive step toward a new agreement [with creditors] that we aim to sign immediately after Sunday's referendum," Tsipras said in an address to the nation.

    A source in the Greek government told Sputnik earlier that Tsipras would accept all of the terms with a few exceptions: a special 30 percent discount for the Greek islands has to remain untouched. The raising of retirement rate to 67 years has to begin in 2022, not right away. Additional payments to the indigent retirees need to be prolonged and will stop in 2019, not earlier.

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