Two Greek ministers are due to visit Israel shortly as the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition continues to attempt to bolster relations with Tel Aviv.
The governments in Athens and Skopje seem determined to move forward with talks on the adoption of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), despite the fraught political situation in both countries.
Athens has been monitoring with great concern the ongoing political crisis in the neighboring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) but the SYRIZA-led government is unlikely to be deterred in its efforts to build closer ties with Skopje.
A visit by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias to Turkey this week has given fresh hope of progress in relations between Athens and Ankara.
The Greek government’s multi-pronged approach to energy issues has been in focus over the past few days after the US State Department sent Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein to Athens on Friday to convince Athens that it should concentrate its efforts on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and not on extending the planned Turkish Stream pipeline through Greece.
The leaders of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt signed the Nicosia Declaration on Thursday, aiming at strengthening relations between the three countries.
Relations between Greece and the USA became much tenser this week as a result of Greek Parliament approving on Monday a Justice Ministry bill that paves the way for November 17 terrorist Savvas Xiros to be released from prison before the end of his sentence and placed under house arrest.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is preparing for his two-day visit to Moscow, which begins on Wednesday and is essentially his first foreign policy challenge, especially after the noise generated by Greece’s allies and partners following the announcement of the trip.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he hopes for “spring” in relations between Greece and Russia, which he his due to visit on April 8, rather than the “Siberian winter” that currently exists between Moscow and the European Union.
Foreign policy, rather than bailout terms or debt relief, is emerging as the first potential point of conflict between Greece and the European Union after the SYRIZA-led government indicated displeasure over calls for further sanctions against Russia due to fighting in eastern Ukraine.