Turkey’s actions, particularly its gas drilling off Cyprus’ east coast, are featuring prominently in the political debate in Greece a few days before the general elections.
The danger of a "hot incident" between Greece and Turkey is keeping Athens and Nicosia on alert but also causing prominent figures, such as former Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis, to share these fears publicly.
Turkey appears to be upping the ante in the Eastern Mediterranean as it presented its claims in the area through a collection of maps that were submitted to representatives of the foreign embassies in Ankara, last Friday.
Athens and Nicosia are on alert following Turkey’s bid to drill for natural gas in waters within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus.
Greece joined last week the China-backed coalition of central and eastern European nations, the so called 16+1 group, becoming the 17th member of the collective.
There is no doubt that US–Turkey relations are currently at a nadir and there does not seem to be any sign of a recovery, which is keeping Athens on its toes.
Athens believes that the first official visit by a Greek prime minister to North Macedonia went smoothly on Tuesday.
The beginning of a new era in bilateral relations between Greece and North Macedonia is the main aim of Alexis Tsipras’s trip to Skopje on Tuesday, which will be the first visit by a Greek premier to the neighboring country.
Greece is hoping that the end of the campaigning linked to the local elections held in Turkey last weekend could lead to a de-escalation of recent tension between the two countries.
Greece and North Macedonia are coordinating their steps, ahead of a crucial EU Council meeting in June that will determine whether the latter will receive the much-anticipated date to begin accession talks with the Union.