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.
Athens welcomed the announcement made by Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Tuesday that his government is ready to accept a composite name with a geographical qualifier.
The machinations on Greece’s domestic political scene regarding the Macedonia issue show no sign of abating but this does not look like it will prevent negotiations between Athens and Skopje moving to the next level.
Official talks aiming to find a solution on the Macedonia name issue are due to begin this week under the United Nations’ auspices after much speculation in Greece over the past few weeks.
Momentum is building towards a new round of negotiations between Athens and Skopje, mediated by United Nations envoy Matthew Nimetz, amid much political discussion about the matter in Greece.