ATHENS, December 11 / TASS /. Russia is interested in implementing megaprojects in Greece similar to those in Turkey, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in an English-language interview with the Greek television broadcaster Antenna. The meeting took place before the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on December 8 in Sochi. The full interview aired overnight on Saturday.
The Kremlin official said Russia was keen to expand economic cooperation with Greece. “We have many, many Russian companies that are ready to invest in the Greek economy. We are interested in implementing huge mega-projects like in Turkey. Of course, not every project is allowed.” [in Greece]”For example, we are building a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, Turkey, but unfortunately nuclear energy is banned in Greece,” he said.
Putin’s press spokesman emphasized that Russia highly values the crucial role of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “He’s the type of man who is valued by President Putin because when President Putin says something, he means it and he does it. That is important.” Regarding the differences between Russia and Turkey on a number of issues, the Kremlin officials said “it is impossible not to have them,” pointing out that the two countries in Syria had rather tense moments when theirs Interests in several cases, bullets collided. “But every time the two presidents were able to get together, sit for five, six, seven hours and not go before the press without finding a solution. Every time they succeeded,” said the spokesman.
When asked who Russia would support in the event of an armed incident in the Aegean, the Kremlin official said, “The last thing we want to see in the Aegean or the Mediterranean is that we were closer to an August 2020 very concerned when there was a collision between ships in two countries, “stressing that it is desirable to avoid a recurrence of similar incidents in the future. According to him, Russia wants to help resolve the problems between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean. “We want to support a solution,” he said. Russia wants both sides to consider reality “because any solution is a one-way street with a mutual desire to reach the solution”.
When asked whether Greece could expect Russia’s full support against Turkey’s actions in the Aegean and Mediterranean, the Kremlin official said Turkey insisted on complying with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the demands of Greece that are internationally recognized The width of the continental shelf of inhabited islands in the Aegean Sea and the expansion of the exclusive economic zone would definitely damage Turkey’s national interests and deprive Turkey of the right to use the region’s natural resources. “That is why we call on both sides to remain calm and sensible in solving the problem,” concluded Putin’s press spokesman.