Demonstrators gather outside Health Ministry during a strike protesting understaffing and underfunding and demanding back pay in Athens, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Greece cannot make an upcoming payment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders disburse more aid, a senior ruling party lawmaker said Wednesday, the latest warning from Athens it is on the verge of default.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist government says it hopes to reach a cash-for-reforms deal in days, although European Union and IMF lenders are more pessimistic and say talks are moving too slowly for that.Greek officials now point to a race against the clock to clinch a deal before payments totaling about 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to the IMF come due next month, starting with a 300 million euro payment on June 5 .Four days before the payment was made, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote to EU and IMF lenders warning that Athens could not make the 750 million euro payment – prompting accusations of a bluff that has deepened mistrust.
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