Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses the media at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels Friday, March 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has brought forward to April a visit to Russia, officials said Tuesday, as Greece faced mounting pressure from its European creditors and a cash shortage.Greek daily Ta Nea said it was linked to the cash crunch Athens is facing because it has not received the funds remaining in its 240-billion-euro ($255-billion) EU-IMF rescue package as creditors have demanded to approve first Greece's revised reform plan.Tsipras is also hoping that his first visit as prime minister to Berlin next Monday for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel will help Athens' cause, and calm an ongoing war of words between Greek and German officials.The ECB is also holding back on 1.9 billion euros in Greek bond profits, until Athens reaches a reform deal with its international creditors.
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