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Greece cash crunch catches up with Tsipras

His meeting with Putin has been dismissed before it began by Germany and France as a sideshow

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Mr Tsipras (left) and Mr Putin; the visit to Russia didn't yield any promises of financial assistance or specific deals, though Greece said that it hadn't requested aid.

Athens

WHEN his plane touches down in Athens, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be quickly re-acquainted with reality.

Talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday focused on a proposed energy pipeline, future investments and sanctions over the conflict