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Putin Speaks to Tsipras as Russia Urges Compromise on Greece

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras discussed the referendum in Greece that rejected further austerity measures, as the Kremlin urged compromise between the European Union member and its creditors.

Putin “expressed his support to the people of Greece in overcoming the difficulties facing the country,” the Kremlin said in an e-mailed statement on Monday. The two leaders also discussed issues concerning the long-term development of relations between Russia and Greece, it said.