A new round of diplomatic moves is expected from the beginning of this week, ahead of the resumption of “exploratory talks” between Greece and Turkey.
Ankara’s decision to not extend the NAVTEX for the Oruc Reis research vessel is the outcome of intensive diplomatic activity, which took place behind the scenes over the last couple of days.
The Greek government is satisfied with the outcome of the Med7 summit in Corsica, chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron, who has taken a leading role in efforts to rally opposition to Turkey’s actions in the East Med.
Serious diplomatic efforts got underway this week with the aim of defusing tension between Greece and Turkey.
The decision to extend Greece’s territorial waters along its western coastline in the Ionian Sea from six nautical miles to 12, as announced by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Parliament on Wednesday, can be seen as a landmark for Greek foreign policy.
Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is due back in Athens on Tuesday, just a few weeks following his last visit.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to raise Greece’s concerns about Turkey’s activities in the Eastern Mediterranean when he takes part in a call with EU leaders on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Belarus.
A week of intense diplomatic activity for Greece culminates on Friday with an emergency EU foreign affairs council teleconference and a meeting between Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Vienna.
Greece is stepping up its diplomatic efforts in the hope of securing a united European reaction to Turkey’s action in the Aegean as the Oruc Reis research vessel continued its activity in the area.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due to speak to Greece’s political leaders on Tuesday to update them on the latest developments in the ongoing spat with Turkey over maritime boundaries.