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 Russia denies loan agreement with Greece

Russia has not reached any agreements with Greece on a loan of up to $5.4 billion for a gas pipeline deal, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday, rejecting recent media claims.

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax.

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"No, there has not been [an agreement]. Putin said himself at a press conference that nobody asked for assistance," Peskov said.

On Friday, the Spiegel newspaper cited a senior member of Greece's ruling Syriza party that Athens and Moscow would soon sign a bilateral agreement stipulating a Russian prepayment of 3 to 5 billion euro for a gas pipeline from Turkey.

"Of course, the issue of energy cooperation was raised. Naturally, at the end of high-level talks, we agreed that all matters regarding cooperation in the energy sector will be examined on the expert level, but Russia has not promised financial assistance because no one had asked," Peskov said.

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