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    May 26, 2016

    Putin's program in Greece: international investment and a millennial pilgrimage

    Tsipras and Putin, during Tsipras' visit to Moscow, April, 2015, May 26, 2016
    Translated from Greek by Tom Winter

    Greece is the first EU country the Russian president has visited in more than a year. 

    Here are the essentials for the Greek-Russian friendship visit of Vladimir Putin to our country, Friday and Saturday, May 27, 28

    According to the program, the arrival of Mr. Putin at Eleftherios Venizelos airport is estimated at about 15.30. He will then move to the Presidential Palace, where there will be an official reception by the President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. This will be followed by a private meeting of the two presidents.

    On Friday afternoon, Mr. Putin will have a meeting with the prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, in which there will be extended talks between the two delegations, which are expected to result in the signing of bilateral and other agreements. Then Mr. Tsipras and Putin will hold a joint press conference, then the Russian president will visit the Byzantine Museum to attend a special event.

    According to the announcement of the Kremlin, the Russian president is coming to Athens for contacts in the context of economic and energy cooperation with Greece. 

    "Issues of bilateral economic and investment cooperation, including the implementation of joint projects in the energy sector" will be discussed during the visit, said the announcement of the Kremlin.

    Saturday, May 28, the Russian president will visit Mount Athos, a visit in the nature of a pilgrimage.

    "Particular attention will be given to cultural and humanitarian cooperation (...) in the context of the celebration in 2016 of the Millennium (monastic) of the Russian presence on the Holy Mountain," says the statement of the Kremlin.

    Parallel visit by the Patriarch of Moscow

    The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill will visit Greece from 27 to 29 May to take part in these celebrations.

    "On May 27, I hope to visit Mount Athos and to remain there until May 29, commemorating the inhabitants of Mount Athos and numerous pilgrims for the millennium of the first reference to a Russian monastery on Mount Athos," said  Patriarch Kyril.

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