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Greek minister: government ready for 'rupture' in aid talks

Greek minister says government prepared for 'rupture' with creditors if talks don't go well

A man walks past  the Athens Academy with  the 19th century statue of the ancient goddess Athena, on Friday, March 27, 2015. Greek bank deposits dropp...
A woman smokes as the 19th century statue of the ancient goddess Athena, is reflected on a building, on Friday, March 27, 2015. Greek bank deposits dr...

Greece Bailout

A man walks past the Athens Academy with the 19th century statue of the ancient goddess Athena, on Friday, March 27, 2015. Greek bank deposits dropp...

Greece Bailout

A woman smokes as the 19th century statue of the ancient goddess Athena, is reflected on a building, on Friday, March 27, 2015. Greek bank deposits dr...

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's alternate minister for international economic relations says his government is prepared for a "rupture" with the country's creditors if its current bailout negotiations don't go well.

Euclid Tsakalotos said Friday the government would not be negotiating properly if it didn't envisage a rupture with its partners, although he would not say what exactly a rupture might entail.

Greece's government is in talks with its creditors -- eurozone nations, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund -- to unlock urgently needed funds from the country's bailout. It must present a list of reforms by early next week, which it hopes will lead to the disbursement.

Tsakalotos, speaking on private Star TV, said the government was intentionally creating ambiguity with its partners regarding its intentions as a negotiating tactic.


Updated : 2021-09-22 02:26 GMT+08:00