Government source denies alleged Tsipras request to Russia’s Putin in order to print a Greek currency

A government source on Thursday denied claims made in a recently published book on French President Francois Hollande, according to which Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras may have asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for assistance in order to print a Greek currency.

Replying to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), the source said that there had been contacts between the two leaders at that time “but at no time was such an issue raised by the Greek prime minister. On the contrary, it was commonly agreed that the only realistic path was for Greece to remain in the Eurozone.”

According to the book on Hollande, the French president allegedly mentioned that Putin had told him that “Greece asked us to print drachmas in Russia because they do not have such a press.”