After a tumultuous year that saw an unprecedented crisis in terms of length and actual tension between Greece and Turkey, the two sides are scheduled to re-launch on January 25 in Istanbul the exploratory talks over their longstanding differences in the Aegean.
As it awaits a formal invitation from Ankara for the resumption of exploratory talks, Athens is trying to predict Turkey’s next moves.
The last week of 2020 saw Greece moving ahead with the enforcement of its decision to extend its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles in the Ionian Sea.
After a fractious year in its relations with Turkey, Greece is preparing itself for bilateral discussions in early 2021 that could help both countries take a step back from the confrontation of recent months.
A group of EU member states managed to obstruct any attempt by Athens to include in the December 10-11 European Council’s conclusions direct references and punitive measures against Turkey’s actions in the East Med.
The Greek government has launched another series of diplomatic contacts ahead of the European Council on December 10-11 where EU-Turkey relations will be scrutinised against the background of ongoing tension between Athens and Ankara.
Athens is making a concerted effort to make it clear towards Ankara and Brussels where Greece’s limits lie ahead of the crucial European Council this December.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, this week in what was his second trip to the UAE in 2020 after an earlier one in March.
The election of Joe Biden as the 46th US President has fired up expectations in Athens for a further improvement in Greek-US relations and that Washington will be supportive of Athens’s positions in its ongoing crisis with Turkey.
The earthquake that struck Greece and Turkey last week was a reminder that whatever their geopolitical differences, the two countries share some geographical risks.