: Putin's Greece visit deemed ineffective

19:14 May. 31, 2016

Putin's Greece visit deemed ineffective

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin before their meeting in Athens, May 27, 2016 (AP Photo)

Greek media digest Russian President's neglected aims during Athens trip

Russia's leader did not achieve anything major while on an official visit to Greece on May 27-28.

According to Greek publication Protothema, Putin intended to sign a number of economic agreements while making an appeal to the Western audience during his trip to Athens.

"But the only significant agreement signed was one between Hellenic Petroleum and Rosneft about the supply and processing of oil. However, it was expected and prepared beforehand," news outlet reports.

Vladimir Putin and Alexis Tsipras, the current Prime Minister of Greece, failed to discuss the cancellation of the ban on agricultural products that was imposed by the E.U. on Russia.

In addition, both Putin and Tsipras had barely touched on the matter of mutual cooperation of Russia and Greece in the energy sector.

"Factually isolated from the West, Mr. Putin visited Greece with the intention to show that he still remains a political player in the international area. The negotiations on the multiple issues between both sides were extremely scarce and were confined to the handshakes, smiles and the typical statements of cooperation," another Greek media outlet Ekirikas 

Russia's President seemingly ignored the request to invest in Greek infrastructure by the country's Prime Minister.

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"Russia's interest is limited by the TrainOSE rail operator and the privatization of the port of Thessaloniki," goes on in the publication.

During the visit, Putin also traveled to Mount Athos. Which according to Greek news daily Haniotika, the visit was of great importance for Russia that ‘is trying to highlight its presence in the stronghold of Orthodoxy'.

"The Moscow Patriarchate that has been denying the primacy of the Patriarch of Constantinople in Athos over the last years uses this visit as an instrument of the international politics," the newspaper noted.

Greece certainly wanted to gain something out of Putin's visit. The Greek authorities needed to show the world that they play a role in the global affairs. In this context, Alexis Tsipras underlined that Russian-Greek relations are a strategic choice for his government, and Greece is a useful gateway between Russia, the E.U., and the West in terms of energy and other fields.

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