According to government sources, the strengthening of economic cooperation, with emphasis on Russian energy, transport, infrastructure and tourism investments, dominated a meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Arkady Dvorkovich on Thursday. They also discussed regional developments, with emphasis on Turkey.
Tsipras additionally met with his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama, paving the way for an upgrade in bilateral relations, the sources reported. Greece and Albania are ready to reach a strategic agreement that will resolve critical disputes and pave the way for promoting accession negotiations. The two leaders discussed the issues that are still outstanding for the signature of this agreement, as well as matters relating to the rights of the Greek ethnic minority in Albania. It was also agreed that Tsipras will soon pay a visit to Albania.
As for the meeting with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, the two leaders discussed the European perspective of the Western Balkans and cooperation within the EU, a quadrilateral meeting with Bulgaria and Romania, the Adriatic-Ionian initiative and other initiatives in the region.
Tsipras is currently meeting with EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn.