Greece is stepping up its efforts to improve relations with neighbours such as Albania so it can devote more attention to dealing with Turkey.
Athens seems to be more optimistic about a possible solution on the Macedonia name issue following the trilateral meeting involving the foreign ministers of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), and UN special envoy Matthew Nimetz in Vienna last Friday.
After talks in Skopje last week, the foreign ministers of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) are due to meet in Vienna with United Nations special envoy Matthew Nimetz this Friday to take stock of where negotiations stand.
Τhe two-day visit of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias to Skopje, due to begin this Thursday, has historic and symbolic dimensions since he will be the first Greek official to land at the city’s international airport in 12 years.
The arrest of two Greek servicemen last Wednesday in the northern border region of Evros is causing much concern in Athens as officials wait to find out what Turkish authorities will decide to do with the soldiers.
The next 10 days are expected to be the most crucial for the Macedonia name talks between Athens and Skopje.
Negotiations between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the name issue have progressed over the last couple of weeks.
Tensions are still running high between Athens and Ankara after a Turkish vessel rammed a Greek coast guard boat off the Imia islets in the eastern Aegean on February 12.
Athens and Skopje are engaging in intensive talks aimed at reaching a compromise over the longstanding name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
Tensions have risen between Turkey, the Republic of Cyprus and Greece amid Nicosia’s bid to progress with its hydrocarbon plans.