Bank of Greece Chief Says SYRIZA Wanted Russia to Print Drachmas

FILE- Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras. (Photo: Eurokinissi/Giorgos Kontarinis)

ATHENS – Bank of Greece Gov. Yannis Stournaras said the then-ruling Radical Left SYRIZA government of former Premier Alexis Tsipras in 2015 reached out to Russian President Vladimir Putin to print drachmas there in case Greece left the Eurozone during furious and failed negotiations with its European creditors.

Stournaras spoke during unveiling of a book focusing on the first six months of Tsipras’ coalition government up until July 2015, and especially the combative talks then-finance chief Yanis Varoufakis was conducting with the Troika of the European Union-European Central Bank-European Stability Mechanism (EU-ECB-ESM.)

Tsipras vowed to defy the lenders and take Greece out of the Eurozone but after the ECB shut off liquidity, he reneged on his promises and his own anti-austerity referendum and caved in to get a third bailout, this one for 86 billion euros ($94.64 billion.)

In the midst of that, Tsipras was said to be mulling options that would include a return to the drachma and Stournaras said Putin himself told former French President Francois Hollande of the request by the Tsipras government.

Former Parliament president Nikos Voutsis, a top SYRIZA veteran, denied the account and said there was no talk of printing drachmas but it wasn’t said if he knew of Putin allegedly talking to Hollande about the idea.

The book, The Last Bluff: How Greece Came Face-to-Face with Financial Catastrophe and the Secret Plan for its Euro Exit” by Brussels-based Greek journalists Viktoria Dendrinou and Eleni Varvitsioti, was presented at an event Oct. 14.

“The SYRIZA government found itself dangerously flirting with a return to the drachma, due to its amateurish negotiations in the first half of 2015,” Stournaras charged, in citing a reference to the crisis in a book by Hollande.


  1. If anybody… watched the Democratic Debates last night… you would have seen first hand …Congesswomen Tulsi Gabbard ..expose what Bank of Greece Yannis Stournanas is really part of .. and the recent Turkish invasion of Syria to fight terrorism , which is no different than the invasion of Syria by U.S and EU Nato members to allegedly but fraudulently wage war on terrorism to overthrow another regime not compliant to the International Marxist governments of the US and EU!

    Yannis .and the Democraric Party in Congress and on stage.. are not socialist, capitalist, communist or even gangsters.. they are worst..they are followers of the new world order of Aristoratic Elitist Stalinist Marxists..that have hijacked the U.S government and the Media outlets of America CNN, FoX News, New York Times to promote a foreign policy of regime changes and wars of the independent countries of the world..who have not surrendered their Iran, Venezuela , Libya, Yugoslavia, Afganistan, Iraq, Yemen, Ukraine, Somalia, Lebanon. and of course their number 1 target .. Russia!

    Last night we watched a desperate Democratic Party and CNN get called out for what their agenda is in running for office, which serve an international ruling Aristocrats in Washington and Brussels..who have adopted the Marxist principles of Stalin to fulfill their agenda to wage economic,political, and military warfare to control the masses of the world with a corrupt state media.

  2. con’t ..
    This agenda .. is to destroy and destabilze any country of the world that does not become part of the Marxist regime..that has infiltrarted the U.S .. in the C.I,A, Justice department, FBI. State department, Congress, ..all in making non compliant leaders of the world, like Syria, and now Donald Trump ..ENEMIES OF THE STATE..classis Marxist rule!

    Last night Tulsi Gabbard an enemy of the MarxisT state now .. like Donald Trump, Eric Snowden, and Julian Assange…and have one thing in common… they have exposed the Marxist state for what they are… ideological war criminals and traitors to America and the world, who support Foreign Regime change of perpetual wars. war crimes, crimes against humanity

    Tulsi Gabbard.revealed how the State responds to their enemies, not having CNN and the New York times smear Tulsi an agent of the invented enemy of the State not the people .. Russia!

    And that is enough to tell all Americans what.. Yannis and Joe Biden.represent and oppose.which is everything Donald Trump promised America…to end regime change wars and interventions and improving relations with Russia, who has done nothing to America or the world!

    While CNN.fabricated Russia Gate and Ukraine Gate to influence the electorate to remove a sitting president of America to remove the elected leaders of foreign countries, and incite war with Russia, they are allowed by the Marxist rig the removal of Tulsi Gabbard..

  3. Tsipras goes on trips on private ships and jets and Varoufakis has foreign accounts in Switzerland,Tsakalotos is a total amateur,,,Marxist who studied hmmmm in the West at Oxford…..They are directly responsible for the 750,000 Young Greeks now living elsewhere, and another 100B in extra,unnecessary debt. in 2015. numbers do not lie.
    Stournaras is a Greek patriot.

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