Russia interested in implementing megaprojects in Greece and Turkey, Kremlin spokesperson says – Business & Economy


ATHENS, December 11. / TASS /. Russia is interested in implementing megaprojects in Greece, just as it is in Turkey, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an English interview with Greek Antenna television channel. The conversation took place ahead of the December 8 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Sochi. The entire interview was broadcast Saturday night.

The Kremlin official said Russia is keen to expand its economic cooperation with Greece. “We have lots and lots of Russian companies that are ready to invest in the Greek economy. We are interested in implementing huge and megaprojects like we are doing in Turkey. Of course, it’s not that all projects are authorized [in Greece], for example, we are building a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu in Turkey, but, unfortunately, nuclear power is prohibited in Greece, ”he explained.

Putin’s press secretary noted that Russia holds in high regard the decisive role of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “He’s the kind of man President Putin appreciates because when President Putin says something, he thinks it and he does it. It matters.” As for the differences between Russia and Turkey on a number of issues, the Kremlin official said that “it is impossible not to have them”, stressing that in Syria, the two countries were going through quite tense times when their interests clashed in several spheres. “But each time the two presidents have found the opportunity to meet again, to sit for five, six, seven hours and not to appear in front of the press without reaching a solution. Each time they have succeeded in doing so,” noted the spokesperson.

In response to a question of who Russia would support in the event of an armed incident in the Aegean Sea, the Kremlin official said that “the last thing we would like to see in the Aegean or the Mediterranean Sea is that we come closer to a conflict. We were very concerned in August 2020 when there was a collision between ships from two countries, ”stressing that it is desirable to avoid any repetition of similar incidents in the future. According to him, Russia would like to support the resolution of the problems between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea. “We would like to support a solution,” he said, noting that Russia would like both sides to proceed with realities “because every solution is a two-way street, with the mutual wish to achieve the solution”.

In response to a question whether Greece can expect full support from Russia against Turkey’s actions in the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea, the Kremlin official said Turkey had insisted that the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and Greece’s requests to establish the breadth of the continental shelf of the inhabited Aegean islands as well as the scale of the exclusive economic zone would definitely damage the interests nationals of Turkey and deprive it of its right to use the region’s natural resources. “We therefore call on both sides to be calm and reasonable in resolving the problem,” Putin’s press secretary concluded.


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