Merkel Powerbase at Risk as Tsipras Courts Putin

Thursday, April 9, 2015
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
09.04.2015

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ gamble in taking a two-day trip to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow may well pay-off, but may well be at the expense of the reputation and powerbase of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Tsipras’ decision to go to Moscow, amid his huge bailout battle with Europe should come as no surprise to historians. Most of the current Greek minority population in Russia comprises descendants of Medieval Greek refugees, from the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Balkans, and Pontic Greeks from the Empire of Trebizond and Eastern Anatolia.

Despite Tsipras being atheist, he is keen to play-up the Orthodox Christian bond between Greece and Russia, which will play well to the significant population of Greek descendants who make up large communities in Moscow and St Petersburg. He even laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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