The spokesman of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said the government would be “happy” to see Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), noting however that this has not been confirmed yet.
The annual Forum, which will be held on June 18-20, is held under the auspices of the Russian presidency and the personal supervision of Putin since 2006. Russian officials haveexpressed in the past their dissatisfaction for the fact that such an important political and economic event has until now been ignored by Greece.
“We would be happy to see Greek representatives and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. “At the moment, there’s no final confirmation (for the arrival of Tsipras). As soon as the Greek government confirms it officially, we will have something to be based on,” he added, following a question about whether Tsipras will meet Putin.