Russia's deputy PM won't comment on possible financial aid to Greece ahead of Tsipras visit

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich won't say whether Russia is going to lend money to struggling Greece.

While his country is locked in painful talks with its European creditors, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is traveling to Russia on Thursday to meet President Vladimir Putin. Tsipras' visit to Russia has given ground to speculation that the Greeks could be seeking Russian loans.

Asked by the Associated Press whether Russia is going to offer Tsipras money on his visit, Dvorkovich said he "cannot comment on specific decisions."

Greece is at an impasse in bailout talks with its creditors to get more loans as it faces a debt repayment of 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) to the International Monetary Fund looms on June 30.