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.
September will be a crucial month for Greek diplomacy as many issues are due to resurface again and will need to be handled properly.
Russia has expelled two Greek diplomats and has forbidden two others from entering the country in retaliation to a similar move by Athens a month ago.
Athens recently decided to postpone the finalisation of an agreement on all outstanding issues with Albania, even though Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in June declared that he would resolve these matters before going on his summer holiday.
Athens sought to ease tensions with Moscow on Thursday following an official confirmation by the Russia’s Ambassador to Greece Andrey Maslov that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has cancelled plans to visit this autumn following the recent expulsion of Russian diplomats by the Greek government.
The latest chapter in Turkey's history began on July 9 when Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in for another term as president of Turkey while launching a new political system that grants greater power to its leader.
Relations between Athens and Moscow seem to be on a collision course Greek government's decision to expel two Russian diplomats and ban the entry of two more.