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.
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.