The Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the forum in St. Petersburg, according to a statement by Russian spokesman Dmitri Peskov.

Mr. Tsipras is currently in Russia for the economic forum held in St. Petersburg, met with Gazprom chief Alexey Miller and discussed energy matters. The Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Panagiotis Lafazanis also attended the meeting and participated in a meeting with officers of the BRICS’ New Development Bank (NDB).

Present at the NDB meeting were the bank’s President Kundapur Vaman Kamath, VP Paulo Nogueira Batista, Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak, Vnesheconombank chairman Vladimir Dmitriev. In the meeting, the BRICS representatives noted their interest in pursuing a cooperation with Greece in the NDB.