Athens sought to ease tensions with Moscow on Thursday following an official confirmation by the Russia’s Ambassador to Greece Andrey Maslov that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has cancelled plans to visit this autumn following the recent expulsion of Russian diplomats by the Greek government.
The latest chapter in Turkey's history began on July 9 when Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in for another term as president of Turkey while launching a new political system that grants greater power to its leader.
Relations between Athens and Moscow seem to be on a collision course Greek government's decision to expel two Russian diplomats and ban the entry of two more.
Athens appears to be playing a pivotal role in behind the scenes negotiations regarding the efforts of both the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Albania to join the European Union.
Athens has already composed the letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, which will be sent following the ratification of the agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) that was signed on Sunday.
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece reached an agreement on Tuesday that will involve the former changing its name to the Republic of North Macedonia, in order to end a 27-year dispute.
The onus is on the prime ministers of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to seal an agreement on the name issue in the coming days.
The decision by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to table a proposal in the name talks that had not been on the negotiation table before has created new hurdles in the attempt being made by Athens and Skopje to reach an agreement.
The fate of the negotiations between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) aimed at settling the name issue seems to now be in the hands of the two countries’ prime ministers, Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev.
A crucial two months for Greek–Turkish relations is underway ahead of the early parliamentary and presidential elections in Turkey on June 24.