Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is visiting Riga, Latvia, today and tomorrow, to participate in the 4th Eastern Partnership summit, which is focusing on issues relating to Eastern Europe. He is due to hold talks today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, as well as other European leaders and officials on the sidelines of the summit meeting, as efforts continue towards the political impetus needed to successfully conclude negotiations between Greece and its creditors.

Speaking to the Guardian in Athens yesterday (20.5), government spokesman Gavriel Sakellarides noted that while such decisions are ultimately are taken at Finance Ministers’ level in the Euro Group, "…at this critical moment, a meeting between Tsipras and Merkel can only be helpful." Talks would focus on the headway negotiators had made since the two leaders last met, he added, denying that the government faced the dilemma of sticking to its "red lines" or seeing the county rejected from the euro zone.