Greek PM Alexis Tsipras in an exclusive interview with Sputnik said that European security cannot be achieved without Russia.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ensuring security in Europe without dialogue and cooperation with Russia is impossible, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Sputnik.
“European security cannot be achieved without cooperation and dialogue with Russia,” Tsipras said.
He also said that Europe cannot move forward while caught in a vicious circle of sanctions, militarization and Cold War rhetoric.
“I don’t believe that we can move forward or ensure compliance with international law while caught in a vicious circle of sanctions, militarization and Cold War rhetoric,” Tsipras said.
Moreover, the Greek Prime Minister called on the EU to resume talks on easing the EU visa regime for Russian nationals.
“We overcame all the difficulties that arose due to changes in the issuance of Schengen visas, strengthened the work of our consulates in Russia by attracting dozens of new employees, and we are ready to meet the high demand of Russian nationals for travel to Greece. At the same time, I find it necessary, as I have already mentioned at a European level, that dialogue is relaunched on easing the visa regime for Russian citizens,” Tsipras said.