Syriza, or Radical Coalition of the Left, is leading with 36.34 percent of votes and is expected to win 149 seats, just two short of an absolute majority. Snap parliamentary elections took place in Greece on Sunday. Under the Greek constitution, voting is an obligatory procedure for each citizen. A voter not coming to the elections without a good reason might be subject to an imprisonment up to one year. The snap elections have received a lot of attention around the globe, with over 850 accredited journalists from 45 countries coming to cover the vote.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras considers the current government to be stable, and does not consider it necessary to conduct early elections or invite other parties to the cabinet.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias invited his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to visit Athens during the cross-year in 2016.
The news comes a day after a minister of the Greek new government said the country may turn to China if the European Union refuses to cooperate with the country to overhaul the bailout commitments.
Standard & Poor's has downgraded Greece's long-term credit rating by one notch to B-.
The Greek defense minister scolded Germany for alleged blackmail and attempts to seize the reins of the European Union and NATO. Earlier, Germany's defense chief accused Athens of compromising its position by moving closer to Russia.
In a phone conversation, Vladimir Putin congratulated the Syriza party on election victory and Alexis Tsipras on taking office. The sides discussed routes to deliver Russian gas to Europe and the situation in Ukraine.
According to Turkish Cypriot politician Dogus Derya, newly-elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had stated it was time for Cyprus separated halves to reunite.
Asking Moscow for financial support is out of question, the Greek Finance Minister underscored. Greece currently owes over $270 billion to the troika of international creditors comprising the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the European Central Bank.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that Greece respects EU regulations and was willing to "recorrect" the framework of its relations with the bloc rather than "smash" it.
The commission will mobilize the European Globalization Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 1,633 media workers from Greece's Attica region, which has seen 70-percent unemployment for over a year.
Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis vowed to resort to every measure to stabilize the national debt and open the growth prospective for Greece.
Syriza party's economic policy department head slammed the previous government for austerity measures that triggered a humanitarian crisis.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are both taking trips around European capitals in an effort to drum up support against austerity measures in spite of opposition from Germany.
The new Greek government aims at discarding austerity measures and renegotiate the country's $270 billion bailout debt with international creditors. Greece's exit from the eurozone is not excluded.
EU leaders asked the Foreign Affairs Council to consider new sanctions against Russia. The Greek Deputy Foreign Minister responded that the country is against those Western sanctions, as they damage the Greek economy.
S&P warned that "if the new Greek government fails to agree with official creditors on further financial support, this would further weaken Greece's creditworthiness" and would prompt the agency to lower the country's B/B sovereign debt ratings.
According to a White House press release, US President Barack Obama congratulated Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with the parliamentary victory and expressed hope for cooperation with the new Greek government.
The finance minister of Greece is going to enter into negotiations with the Eurogroup president, who is arriving in Athens on Friday. The new Greek government is planning to negotiate the country's $270 billion bailout debt with international creditors.
The victory of the radical left-wing party Syriza in Greece could help Russia in its struggle against EU sanctions, news magazine Foreign Policy reported.
Greece is not the only country in Europe observing the rise of populist parties, Kyriakos Kouveliotis, Scientific Advisor to the Secretariat General of Mass Media of the Hellenic Republic told Sputnik News.