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Putin To Visit Greece This Week

President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to travel to Greece this week -- his first official trip to the European Union in nearly a year.

The Kremlin said on May 23 that Putin will meet President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during the May 27-28 visit to discuss economic ties as well as energy and transport projects.

The Russian president, whose country is under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, was last an EU member state in June when he visited Italy.

Tsipras visited Moscow for talks with Putin twice last year, while Pavlopoulos visited the Russian capital in January.

Based on reporting by TASS and AFP