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Greek PM To Meet With Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is due to meet with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras in Moscow on April 9.

The Russian government's press service said the two leaders will discuss "various aspects of trade and economic interaction."

The meeting is part of Tsipras's two-day trip to Russia that has concerned many officials in the EU, which has levied harsh economic sanctions against Moscow over its annexation of Crimea and support for separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.

Tsipras -- a former Communist who became prime minister in January -- met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 8 for talks focused on economic and investment issues.

Putin said after the talks that Tsipras had not requested financial aid or loans from Moscow and that the two discussed "cooperation in various sectors of the economy" that included "developing major energy projects."

Debt-stricken Greece is battling eurozone and International Monetary Fund creditors to receive the final tranche of a loan under less austere conditions.

Putin said Russia is interested primarily in investing in things such as "ports, airports, and pipelines."

Based on reporting by TASS and Reuters

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