London: The Greek prime minister is heading to Moscow to seek financial support from Russia in its planned privatisations of the port Thessaloniki and state rail operator Trainose.
Alexis Tsipras will visit Moscow on April 8 together with national defence minister Panos Kammenos, according to Greek press reports.
The delegation will meet with high-level Russian officials to discuss Russia taking an interest in the transport businesses, as well as energy and defence issues.
It is as yet unclear whether the foreign interests will take stakes in the Greek transport businesses by international tender, as previously planned by the Greek government, or by means of bi-lateral agreement. Such agreements are permitted between EU members and non-member countries but are subject to EU competition rules.