Moscow and Athens looking to strengthen ties

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Some eyebrows were raised recently when Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras flew to Russia for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin instead of flying to Brussels for ongoing negotiations. With Athens looking for possible sources of funding, and Moscow trying to weaken European resolve on sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, the two leaders are hoping to develop closer ties. CCTV’s Tom Barton filed this report from Moscow.
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Moscow-Athens friendship

Moscow-Athens friendship

Some eyebrows were raised recently when Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras flew to Russia for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin instead of flying to Brussels for ongoing negotiations. With Athens looking for possible sources of funding, and Moscow trying to weaken European resolve on sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, the two leaders are hoping to develop closer ties.

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  • With ancient Greek colonies on the Black Sea, a shared Orthodox Christianity and the Cyrillic alphabet, there is some cultural convergence between Russian and Greece.