During Alexis Tsipras' state visit, the first in 11 years by a Greek prime minister to Ankara, Greece and Turkey made rather small and careful steps aimed at resolving their bilateral disputes.
Skopje can expect to get the green light for its NATO accession following the ratification of the Prespes Agreement by the Greek Parliament on Friday
Athens is expecting this week to receive a note verbale from the government in Skopje with which the latter will officially announce that it has successfully completed its obligations deriving from the provisions of the Prespes Agreement, which was signed by the foreign ministers of both countries, last June.
An intensification of the processes and political developments regarding the Macedonia name deal is expected at the beginning of 2019.
The first Strategic Dialogue between Greece and the United States was concluded in a very convivial atmosphere in Washington on Thursday.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s visit to Moscow last week and the warm remarks made by him and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference that followed their meeting at the Kremlin last Friday means Greek-Russian relations appear to be back on track after last summer’s diplomatic crisis.
The process of Greece’s neighbour, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM), rubber-stamping the Prespes Agreement on the name issue which divided the two countries for more than 25 years is moving a step closer to completion.
Tension between Greece and Turkey has been relatively high over the last couple of weeks due to developments related to hydrocarbon research in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The death of a 35-year-old Greek man, Konstantinos Katsifas, who was shot by the Albanian police in southern part of Greece’s neighbouring country last Sunday has provoked concern in Athens and Tirana about a potential deterioration in bilateral relations.
Athens was expecting a strong reaction from Ankara to the announcement made on Saturday by former Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias about the government’s plans to extend Greece’s territorial waters in the Ionian Sea and some parts of the Aegean to 12 nautical miles from the current six.