The telephone call last Friday between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen by diplomatic sources in Athens as a first step for both sides to overcome the dead-end to which the recent lack of communication had been leading.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias’s visit to Egypt on Thursday was designed to display the political will and intention of the Greek side to accelerate and intensify talks with Cairo on the delimitation of sea zones.
After several years of talks, Greece and Italy signed on Tuesday a maritime borders agreement delimiting an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two countries.
Athens is examining all the diplomatic means at its disposal to respond to what it sees as mounting transgressions by Turkey.
Developments in Libya, where a UN-backed government of National Accord (GNA) supported militarily by Turkey has scored some victories over Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, are causing concern in Athens.
The recent tension between Greece and Turkey in the Evros border area highlighted how an issue of a mostly technical nature can throw relations between the two countries off balance.
Greece is continuing its efforts to fortify its borders with Turkey in the northeastern region of Evros.
Unresolved bilateral issues continue to cause friction in Greece’s relationship with Turkey as Athens looks to renew its presence in the Eastern Mediterranean and support for the Western Balkans’ efforts to join the European Union.
Athens is concerned about the continuous overflights by Turkish fighter jets in the Aegean as these currently involve large and inhabited Greek islands as well as parts of Greece’s mainland.
Ankara’s intention to begin again drilling works in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as its continuing aggressive tactics in the Aegean will be brought up for discussion during Wednesday’s EU Council of Foreign Affairs by Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.