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GreeceÎ„s last venture onto international bond markets was with two issues in 2014, a year before it plunged into crisis in a tense standoff between lenders and GreeceÎ„s newly elected left-wing government which vowed to end bailout-induced austerity.
That part of the crisis ended with the country signing up to a new bailout, its third since 2010.
"We are considering swapping a five-year (bond) which was issued in 2014, with a new five-year bond, and possibly raising a small amount (over and above) the same issue," a Greek government official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The 2014 five-year bond raised 3.0 billion euros.
The move, Greek officials said, is contingent on lenders specifying how the country could restructure an existing mountain of debt, which at 179 percent of gross domestic product is the highest in the euro zone. Euro zone finance ministers are scheduled to discuss Greece on May 22.
A second bond issue could follow by the end of the year, other Greek officials said without providing details. No deal at the EU meeting on Monday could mean pushing back the issue to the autumn, another official said.
Three primary dealers in London confirmed Greek authorities had already started talking on a potential market return.