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Top EU official says Greece wasn't given a 'take-it-or-leave-it' offer in the bailout impasse

  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left,  and U.S. President Barack Obama walk to attend their first meeting in the Schloss Elmau hotel during the G-7 summit in Elmau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Sunday, June 7, 2015. (Michaela Rehle/Pool Photo via AP)

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama walk to attend their first meeting in the Schloss Elmau hotel during the G-7 summit in Elmau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Sunday, June 7, 2015. (Michaela Rehle/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left, European Council President Donald Tusk, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, gather to pose for a group photo during the G-7 summit in Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    From left, European Council President Donald Tusk, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, gather to pose for a group photo during the G-7 summit in Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left,  Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, hidden, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Francois Hollande, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, hidden, European Council President Donald Tusk, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron walk through a field of flowers to pose for a group photo during the G-7 summit at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    From left, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, hidden, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Francois Hollande, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, hidden, European Council President Donald Tusk, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron walk through a field of flowers to pose for a group photo during the G-7 summit at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  (The Associated Press)

A top European Union official says Greece's creditors didn't deliver the country a "take-it-or-leave-it" ultimatum to end their standoff over its international bailout.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says his country can't accept what he called an "irrational" proposal made last week by its bailout creditors — the EU's executive Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.

Athens, which faces pressure to agree to painful deficit-cutting measures, wants any deal to lighten its crushing debt load.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU Commission president, said Sunday that Tsipras "was presenting the proposal of the institutions as a leave-or-take offer. That was not the case." He told a news conference ahead of the Group of Seven summit that the latest offer made clear where there was room for negotiations.