Greek Prime Minister Plans to Hold Talks With Putin During Visit to China

The meeting between Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin is planned as part of the former's visit to China, Tsipras' press service said in a statement on Thursday.

According to media reports, Tsipras is expected to hold a state visit to Beijing on May 14-15. During the visit, the prime minister is supposed to participate in the forum devoted to China's so-called One Belt, One Road initiative.

"On the sidelines of the forum the prime minister will hold a series of meetings with heads of states and leaders of the international organizations, including Russian President Vladimir Putin," the statement read.

According to the statement, Tsipras is also expected to hold meetings with China's leadership, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The recent bilateral talks between Tsipras and Putin took place in March 2016.

According to media reports, 28 country leaders have already confirmed their participation in the May 14-15 Beijing international summit dedicated to "One Belt, One Road" initiative.