BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Greece intends to find a solution to its problems within the framework of the European Union, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday.
"I'm very optimistic that we'll try to do our best in order to find the common, viable, mutually acceptable solution for our common future," Tsipras said at a joint press conference with European Parliament President Martin Schulz.
He said that Greece respects EU regulations and was willing to "recorrect" the framework of its relations with the bloc rather than "smash" it.
Schulz stated he was very optimistic about future cooperation with the new Greek government, especially now that Tsipras is reaching out to Europe.
"The prime minister of Greece traveling around Europe, meeting governments, meeting the European institutions today – that's a prime minister fighting for European cooperation and not for Greek separation, and this is a very strong and good signal," Schulz said.
Tsipras and his leftist Syriza party won his country's general election in January on a wave of Euroscepticism, vowing to renegotiate bailout conditions with the troika and end unpopular austerity measures.