Kremlin: Russian Loan Not Discussed in Tsipras-Putin Talks

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday evening in St. Petersburg, but the question of Russian financial aid for Greece was not discussed, Putin's spokesman said. Greece is struggling to reach a deal with its creditors for new loans that it needs to avoid defaulting on debt payments at the end of the month. Without the bailout, Greece could be headed for bankruptcy or an exit from the 19-nation eurozone. Tsipras' visit gave rise to speculation that the Greeks may be seeking Russian loans — and ahead of the talks, Putin's spokesman said Russia would consider a loan if the Greeks asked for one.