Greek debt crisis: Tsipras tells Merkel ‘impossible’ to repay debt without EU aid

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a letter that Athens will not be able to service its debt without financial help from the EU, the Greek government revealed on March 23.

Greek government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis confirmed a report in the Financial Times which said that Tsipras had written to Merkel.

But he insisted that the letter should not be seen as a “threat”.

“This is not a threat, it is reality,” Sakellaridis told Mega TV, adding that Tsipras had sent a similar letter to French President Francois Hollande and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

“The letter said nothing less and nothing more than what we have said since last week … that liquidity is tight and that political initiatives must be taken,” the spokesman said…

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