Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2015) in St. Petersburg on June 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday evening in St. Petersburg, but the question of Russian financial aid for Greece was not discussed, Putin's spokesman said.Tsipras' visit gave rise to speculation that the Greeks may be seeking Russian loans -- and ahead of the talks, Putin's spokesman said Russia would consider a loan if the Greeks asked for one.When Tsipras met with Putin, the possibility of a loan wasn't discussed, Peskov told journalists.Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich also had said Russia would consider a loan to Greece.Tsipras started his day by speaking to Russians of Greek ancestry at a memorial to Ioannis Kapodistrias, the founder of the modern Greek state who lived and worked in Russia as a Greek envoy from 1809 to 1822 .
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