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Greek PM says deal on debt close, otherwise summit needed

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras says that negotiators are "just a breath" away from reaching a breakthrough in debt negotiations with bailout creditors.

Published: 05th April 2017 08:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th April 2017 08:51 PM   |  A+A-

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras |AP

By Associated Press

BRUSSELS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says that negotiators are "just a breath" away from reaching a breakthrough in debt negotiations with bailout creditors and called for a special eurozone summit if a deal fails to materialise today.

Tsipras hinted that some lenders were "moving the goalposts" each time Greece was getting close to meeting approval conditions for the bailout and, without naming who was involved, said: "This is not a game."

After the meeting with Tsipras in Athens, EU Council President Donald Tusk said, "No one is interested in punishing Greece."

The bailout talks have been delayed for months, freezing the payout of a rescue loan instalment and hurting chances of a Greek economic recovery after years of recession and turmoil.



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