“The previous Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was the first in decades not to visit Moscow and not to have high-ranking official meetings…probably because of the way that European Union, Brussels and Germany imposed this neocolonial approach towards Greece,” he said, noting that Greece was being cornered into toeing the EU line in foreign policy.
For the first time in years, the Greek government “tries to do something,” particularly in finding foreign economic and energy partners outside the EU, Chatzistefanou said.
“It is a new page for the Russian-Greek relationship,” he added.
Tsipras came to Moscow without any plans of asking Russia for cash, according to Chatzistefanou, who quoted Greek commentators as saying that there are other ways of economic aid, like buying bonds.
“In the end of the day, it is more of a political problem and not a financial one,” he said.
The visit is unlikely to change EU’s mind on sanctions against Russia, but it might be enough to create a domino effect, Chatzistefanou argued.
“There are other countries like Portugal, Spain or even Hungary, or Czech Republic that don’t agree with these sanctions. Even within Berlin, there are some parts of the financial elite that would like a rapprochement with Russia,” Chatzistefanou said. “Greece could become a bridge by bringing a different solution.”
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