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.
During Alexis Tsipras' state visit, the first in 11 years by a Greek prime minister to Ankara, Greece and Turkey made rather small and careful steps aimed at resolving their bilateral disputes.
Skopje can expect to get the green light for its NATO accession following the ratification of the Prespes Agreement by the Greek Parliament on Friday
Athens is expecting this week to receive a note verbale from the government in Skopje with which the latter will officially announce that it has successfully completed its obligations deriving from the provisions of the Prespes Agreement, which was signed by the foreign ministers of both countries, last June.
An intensification of the processes and political developments regarding the Macedonia name deal is expected at the beginning of 2019.