They discussed the current and future directions of Russian-Greek cooperation and, in particular, issues concerning the implementation of major infrastructure projects in the fuel and energy sector, including the Burgas-Alexandroupolis and Southern Stream gas pipeline projects.
Expanding mutual investments, tourism, cooperation between small and medium business, and cultural and educational relations were all mentioned as promising areas of cooperation. They also discussed the preparations for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
The President of Russia and Prime Minister of Greece exchanged opinions on a wide range of international issues, including the situation in the Balkans, the Cyprus settlement, Russia's relations with the European Union and NATO.
At a press conference following the talks with Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis President Vladimir Putin noted that that constructing the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline is an important project both for Russia and for Europe. It will increase the supplies of Russian oil not only to Greece but to European markets generally.
Vladimir Putin emphasized that Russia has chosen a draft project for the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline and will consistently implement it.
The head of state also declared that Russia is ready to continue working with Greece within the Southern Stream pipeline project until 2040 and by doubling the volumes of gas delivered to Europe.