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Greek, euro leaders, IMF huddle to seek decisive breakthrough on bailout deal

  • A pensioner holds a flag bearing the picture of Argentinean revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara  during an an anti-austerity protest  in Athens, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Greece's government defended Tuesday the billions worth of "harsh" new budget savings it has offered in talks with creditors, as some of the governing party's own lawmakers spoke out against them. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    A pensioner holds a flag bearing the picture of Argentinean revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara during an an anti-austerity protest in Athens, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Greece's government defended Tuesday the billions worth of "harsh" new budget savings it has offered in talks with creditors, as some of the governing party's own lawmakers spoke out against them. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • Presidential guards march while some demonstrators sit on the side during an anti-austerity protest in Athens on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Greece's government defended Tuesday the billions worth of "harsh" new budget savings it has offered in talks with creditors, as some of the governing party's own lawmakers spoke out against them. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

    Presidential guards march while some demonstrators sit on the side during an anti-austerity protest in Athens on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Greece's government defended Tuesday the billions worth of "harsh" new budget savings it has offered in talks with creditors, as some of the governing party's own lawmakers spoke out against them. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)  (The Associated Press)

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has flown to Brussels to huddle with Greece's international creditors in hopes of clinching a bailout deal that might keep his country from defaulting on its debt and falling out of the euro currency bloc.

The 18 other nations using the euro and the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday will seek to build on the guarded welcome they had for the latest set of tax and austerity proposals that Athens proposed.

European government leaders will then discuss the issue at a summit Thursday.

Greece has a 1.6 billion euro debt to pay on Tuesday and it cannot afford it unless it unfreezes the 7.2 billion euros (8.1 billion dollars) in bailout money from creditors.