ATHENS (Sputnik), Anna Liatsu – The Sunday's referendum in Greece will help the ongoing negotiations between Athens and the EU as Greeks had supported the country's government's stance, Giorgos Tsipras said.
"I think after the Greek referendum it will be much easier for the issue to be settled between Greece and the European Union institutions. First of all, because models are now simplified, there is no worry that the Greek government can be toppled, or anything else like this," Tsipras said.
According to Tsipras, Athens is unlikely to turn to other creditors, and finding a solution to the current crisis is the only probable outcome.
"I think the only probable scenario is for these negotiations to conclude. The main reason why they did not conclude [negotiations] until now was not economic, but mainly political. Maybe there were thoughts about another Greek government, different from the Syriza government. I think these thoughts are now defeated after the referendum," Tsipras noted, adding that "the only probable scenario" is a deal to be reached.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is currently in Brussels for the Eurogroup's meeting on the Greek crisis. The meeting was followed by an emergency summit of the Eurozone leaders.
Asked when the new deal should be expected, Giorgos Tsipras, responded, "before July 20."
"It is of course the matter of the creditors and the other European Union institutions. I think this or the other way… it has to be concluded," Tsipras told Sputnik.
One last-minute option available to Greece is a loan within the European Stability Mechanism, which Finnish Finance Minister Alexander Stubb said he expected Tsipras to request "in a few hours."
French President Francois Hollande, while echoing other European key figures’ calls on Greece to commit to reforms, said it was time for Europe to show solidarity with Athens and issue immediate aid.
- Nai (Yes). Exiting the Euro would help the Greek economy 88.1% (1544)
- Oxi (No). It would be an economic disaster 11.7% (204)
Greece will not turn to outside bodies if its current international creditors reject a last-minute offer, Giorgos Tsipras said.
"I do not want to think of this perspective because it is a very bad perspective."