MOSCOW Jan 29 Russian Finance Minister Anton
Siluanov said on Thursday Russia would consider extending
financial aid to debt-strapped Greece if Athens were to make a
"Well, we can imagine any situation, so if such petition is
submitted to the Russian government, we will definitely consider
it, but will take into account all the factors of our bilateral
relationships between Russia and Greece," he told CNBC.
Speculation has grown in recent days that new Greek Prime
Minister Alexis Tsipras' government is at odds with the rest of
Europe over sanctions on Russia, and may move closer to Moscow
as it seeks to renegotiate its bailout programme with Europe.
The impression was reinforced by comments from Energy
Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, who said Athens was against
sanctions and "had no differences with Russia".
Tsipras met the Russian ambassador to Athens on Monday, the
day he was sworn into office.
The United States and European Union have imposed sanctions
on Russia for its role in eastern Ukraine, where Western leaders
accuse Moscow of supporting pro-Russian rebels with arms and
soldiers. Moscow denies the allegations.
(Reporting by Thomas Grove; editing by Andrew Roche)