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The reactions of the world leaders to Greek referendum continue. President Obama said before the vote Greece wouldn't be major shock to US. After the vote France's Hollande held phone talks with Tsipras. Merkel and Hollande decided to meet for talks on Greece.
U.S. President Barack Obama said Greece won't be major shock to US
U.S. President Barack Obama said last Tuesday that the current crisis in Greece should not prompt "over-reactions" in the United States, but U.S. officials have been monitoring the situation.
"In layman's terms for the American people, this is not something that we believe will have a major shock to the system," Obama said during a news conference. "But obviously it's very painful for the Greek people, and it can have a significant effect on growth rates in Europe."
Russia hopes Greece reaches deal with creditors soon
Russia hopes Greece will reach a deal with its international creditors as soon as possible, a Kremlin spokesman said on Monday, adding that questions regarding financial help for Greece should be addressed to Athens.
"We want our Greek partners to reach the necessary compromises with creditors as soon as possible and take decisions which will allow for economic and social stability in the country in the best way," spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Peskov said the Kremlin respected the outcome of Greece's weekend bailout referendum and was closely following events in Greece.
China says believes Greece can stay in eurozone
China believes Greece will stay within the eurozone and the region can resolve its current problems, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, after Greeks voted resoundingly to reject the austerity terms of a bailout.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments at a daily news briefing.
Hollande and Merkel to meet on Monday for talks on Greece
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Paris on Monday afternoon to discuss the result of the Greek referendum with French President Francois Hollande, a German government spokesman said on Sunday.
"The talks with the French president from 630 p.m. (1630 GMT), and over dinner will be about a common assessment of the situation after the Greek referendum and the continuation of the close German-French cooperation on this subject," said Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert in a statement.
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin says France had no desire to see Greece leave Europe
French finance minister says it is up to Greece to come up with an offer after the vote, hours before German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Paris for an emergency meeting with the French president.
"The basis of a dialogue is on the table, but it's up to Greece to show us that it takes the dialogue seriously and that it knows it can stay in the euro and that there are decisions to make," Sapin told Europe 1 radio Monday. He said the referendum clearly showed strong support for the Greek prime minister, but beyond that its consequences were not immediately clear.
France had no desire to see Greece leave Europe but Sapin insisted that the bloc would not be destabilized if that happened. "It's Greece that is in difficulty. Europe is not in difficulty — Europe is facing a Greek difficulty."
German conservative lawmaker says Tsipras has caused a disaster
Senior German conservative Michael Fuchs told Reuters on Sunday that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had caused a "disaster" after early referendum results showed the country has rejected euro zone bailout terms.
"I very much regret the result," Fuchs said by telephone.
"Tsipras has caused a disaster and must see how to pick up the pieces. There is no chance that a solution will be achieved within 48 hours," said Fuchs, who has long had reservations about bailouts for Greece.
A more moderate German conservative, Julia Kloeckner, said in a statement that Tsipras should not think he could put Germany and Europe under pressure with the referendum result but stopped short of calling for a Greek exit from the euro zone.Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Temmuz 2015, 14:12