Putin in Greek trip as EU sanctions talks loom

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Athens on May 27, 2016Russian President Vladimir Putin signed several economic deals with Athens on Friday during a visit to Greece aimed at reinforcing a relationship with one of his few friends in the EU amid tensions with the West. The visit, Putin’s first to the EU since December, comes at a low ebb in relations between Russia and Europe over the conflict in Ukraine that broke out in 2014, with sanctions still in force against Moscow. It also comes as Athens desperately seeks to come out of recession.

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