Athens, Apr 28 : Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has sought help from the European Union to break a deadlock in critical debt talks as his spokeswoman accused the IMF of “undermining” the process. Tsipras’ office yesterday said the leftist premier had asked EU President Donald Tusk to call a summit to help facilitate negotiations with the debt-ridden country’s creditors. The move came after an expected Eurogroup meeting on today was postponed, scuppering Greek hopes of an agreement by Sunday to launch talks on debt relief. Also Read - Pilot Flies in The Shape of a Syringe Over Germany to Celebrate Launch of COVID Vaccines
Tusk said he had urged eurozone finance ministers to meet “within days”, warning that failure to act could bring a repeat of last summer’s drama that nearly saw Greece crash out of the eurozone. “We have to avoid a situation of renewed uncertainty for Greece,” Tusk said. Tsipras and Tusk would speak again today, a Greek government source said. Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem for his part yesterday said the next meeting of eurozone finance ministers could take place “next week or ultimately the week after”. “I know that there is a sense of urgency we all share,” Dijsselbloem, also the Dutch finance minister, said at a press conference in Paris. (ALSO READ: Greeks celebrate pillow fight day with anti-war message ) Also Read - European Union Grants Conditional Approval to Pfizer-BioNTech Covid Vaccine For Emergency Use
“We need more time to work with the institutions and the Greek government” on legal and political issues as well as the question of debt relief, he added. Greece is seeking to unlock promised cash from its massive 86-billion-euro (USD 95 billion) rescue package — its third since 2010 — that was agreed last year after months of tortuous talks with the European Union, European Central Bank, the European rescue mechanism and the IMF. Greek government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili said the International Monetary Fund was “undermining” the latest negotiations with demands that went beyond the bailout deal. Also Read - Brexit: New Split on State Aid Further Derails Negotiations Between Britain, European Union
In particular, Greece believes the IMF is behind additional “contingency measures” which the eurozone last week demanded to conclude the current round of talks. Greece has already pledged to save 5.4 billion euros by 2018 to meet bailout targets, but the new measures — which the creditors want to be approved by parliament now and applied later if necessary — could amount to another 3.6 billion euros according to reports. Gerovassili said the new demands went “beyond the limits of the Greek constitution and the European legal system”. According to the Greek government source, European Commission chairman Jean-Claude Juncker has also called the IMF demands “unreasonable”.