SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras was expected in Moscow on Tuesday for a series of meetings with representatives from parties in the Russian Duma.

Tsipras is traveling to the Russian capital as vice president of the Party of the European Left – an association of democratic socialist, socialist and communist political parties.

His SYRIZA party is due to convert fully from being a coalition into being a single party at a congress on 10-14 July.