The first Strategic Dialogue between Greece and the United States was concluded in a very convivial atmosphere in Washington on Thursday.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s visit to Moscow last week and the warm remarks made by him and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference that followed their meeting at the Kremlin last Friday means Greek-Russian relations appear to be back on track after last summer’s diplomatic crisis.
The process of Greece’s neighbour, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM), rubber-stamping the Prespes Agreement on the name issue which divided the two countries for more than 25 years is moving a step closer to completion.
Tension between Greece and Turkey has been relatively high over the last couple of weeks due to developments related to hydrocarbon research in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The death of a 35-year-old Greek man, Konstantinos Katsifas, who was shot by the Albanian police in southern part of Greece’s neighbouring country last Sunday has provoked concern in Athens and Tirana about a potential deterioration in bilateral relations.
Athens was expecting a strong reaction from Ankara to the announcement made on Saturday by former Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias about the government’s plans to extend Greece’s territorial waters in the Ionian Sea and some parts of the Aegean to 12 nautical miles from the current six.
Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias’ resignation comes at a very crucial time for Greece’s foreign policy and for the region.
The next 10 days or so will determine whether Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will be able to win the necessary support to reach an agreement with the conservative opposition on the constitutional changes which Parliament has to approve as part of the Prespes Agreement with Greece.
Just a few days before the crucial referendum in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on the Prespes Agreement, Greece is monitoring developments in its neighbouring country with great interest.
The inauguration of the renovated Greek Consulate building in Izmir was considered a good chance for the resumption of talks between Athens and Ankara following the recent improvement in bilateral relations due to the release of the two Greek servicemen by Turkish authorities in mid-August after their six-month detention.