MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz said in an interview with German Bild magazine that he advises Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras “not jeopardize the unity of the European Union” during his visit to Russia.
- Yes, and Tsipras has already made the essential step forward47.9% (664)
- No, Greece will only incur anger from fellow EU members22.0% (306)
- I think Greece can hardly affect such a significant issue30.0% (417)
“I don’t know if Russia will provide Greece with financial assistance and when it may happen. But I can advise Tsipras not to jeopardize the unity of the European Union,” Schulz said.
Greece's debt to the troika of creditors comprising the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Union and the European Central Bank (ECB), is estimated at some $270 billion. The country must repay $22.5 billion in interest this year.
In February, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that Moscow could consider the possibility of providing financial aid to the Greek government if Athens requests it, but no such requests have been made so far.