June 5, 2015 / 10:07 AM / in 3 years

Greece's Tsipras, Russia's Putin to hold phone talks at 5.00 am ET: official

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold telephone talks at 5.00 a.m. ET to discuss cooperation in business and energy sectors, a Greek government official said on Friday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

The talks come hours before Tsipras addresses parliament on the state of negotiations with lenders for aid amid a fierce backlash from his party over a proposal offered by the euro zone and the International Monetary Fund.

Russia has been speculated as a potential source of funding for Greece if it fails to reach a deal with EU and IMF lenders. Athens has denied plans to turn to Moscow for help.

Reporting by Renee Maltezou; Writing by Karolina Tagaris, editing by Deepa Babington

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