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The EU and IMF hit back Wednesday at accusations by Athens that internal rifts were blocking a bailout deal as cash-poor Greece survived yet another big interest payment averting bankruptcy. The row burst into the open just as a feverish push by Athens to secure a deal spread across European capitals with Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis visiting Rome Wednesday before a visit to Spain on Thursday. "The European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund share the same objective of helping Greece achieve financial stability and growth," the institutions in charge of Greece's rescue programme said in a rare joint statement. It said they would "work closely together" to make progress at a crunch Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels on Monday.