Athens insists on turning 'Turkish Stream' into 'Greek Stream'

Athens insists on turning 'Turkish Stream' into 'Greek Stream'

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras plans to discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev the issue of extending the Turkish Stream gas pipeline to its territory during his visit to Moscow on December 7, a source in Athens familiar with the course of preparations for the visit said.

"Greece is interested in the Turkish Stream, it became clear during recent discussions and from official speeches. For example, the issue was discussed at the meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis and Russia's Ambassador to Athens, Andrey Maslov, in early November, and Alexis Tsipras spoke about the pipeline at the summit in Thessaloniki on November 15," the source said.

The source added that the Greek authorities are interested in strategic investments from Russia. "Although Russian investments in Greece are already significant in the areas of non-strategic interests, such as tourism and real estate, in connection with the visit, strategic investment may be discussed," Sputnik cited the source as saying.