Greece has obtained a copy of the memorandum of understanding on maritime borders signed between Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord in Libya, which has rocked relations between Athens and Ankara.
Ankara caught Athens by surprise when it announced this week the signing of a Maritime Jurisdictions Memorandum with Libya.
Athens is planning specific moves to bolster its role in the Balkans and to avert any developments that could be against Greek interests following France’s decision to veto accession talks for North Macedonia and Albania.
Athens is watching closely the political developments in North Macedonia, which is heading for snap elections on April 12 that were triggered by France vetoing the opening of EU accession talks with Skopje during the recent European Council.
Turkey’s actions in Syria and the East Med, as well as the EU prospects of Albania and North Macedonia are top of the diplomatic agenda for Greece this week, amid high-level meetings between European officials.
The visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Athens was full of clear messages as well as symbolism.
Athens appears satisfied with the results of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s first appearance last week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where he also held a series of meetings with foreign leaders and investors.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s first address to the UN General Assembly in New York offered ample opportunity to put his government’s stamp on diplomatic and trade relations on the international stage.
Athens is trying through diplomatic channels to arrange a meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The Greek government is seeking the way and the right time to launch discussions with Turkey, which Athens feels has been provoking Greece in recent weeks.