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Greek PM says deal on debt close, otherwise summit needed

  • CORRECTS TO TSIPRAS -Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, welcomes European Council President Donald Tusk before their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Rescue lenders from Eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund are at odds over the severity of future cuts being demanded of Athens and actions needed to make Greece's massive national debt sustainable. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    CORRECTS TO TSIPRAS -Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, welcomes European Council President Donald Tusk before their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Rescue lenders from Eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund are at odds over the severity of future cuts being demanded of Athens and actions needed to make Greece's massive national debt sustainable. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, listens to European Council President Donald Tusk during their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Rescue lenders from Eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund are at odds over the severity of future cuts being demanded of Athens and actions needed to make Greece's massive national debt sustainable. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, listens to European Council President Donald Tusk during their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Rescue lenders from Eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund are at odds over the severity of future cuts being demanded of Athens and actions needed to make Greece's massive national debt sustainable. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, listens to European Council President Donald Tusk during their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Rescue lenders from Eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund are at odds over the severity of future cuts being demanded of Athens and actions needed to make Greece's massive national debt sustainable. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, listens to European Council President Donald Tusk during their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Rescue lenders from Eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund are at odds over the severity of future cuts being demanded of Athens and actions needed to make Greece's massive national debt sustainable. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says that negotiators are "just a breath" away from reaching a breakthrough in debt negotiations with bailout creditors and called for a special eurozone summit if a deal fails to materialize Friday.

Tsipras hinted that some lenders were "moving the goalposts" each time Greece was getting close to meeting approval conditions for the bailout and, without naming who was involved, said: "This is not a game."

After the meeting with Tsipras in Athens, EU Council President Donald Tusk said, "No one is interested to punish Greece."

The bailout talks have been delayed for months, freezing the payout of a rescue loan installment and hurting chances of a Greek economic recovery after years of recession and turmoil.