Athens was left confused and concerned by a non-paper sent by Washington that casts doubt on the future of the East Med natural gas pipeline.
As far as Greek foreign policy is concerned, the arrival of the new year has not brought the most encouraging signs as Ankara has launched a new round of aggressive rhetoric against Athens, with the latest warning coming from Turkey’s Defence Minister, Hulusi Akar.
Greece was active on the diplomatic front throughout 2021: High-level agreements were signed, while Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visited several countries with the aim of forging stronger ties with countries that are significant for Greek interests.
Issues that are high on the Greek government’s diplomatic agenda, such as energy, the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey are expected to top the talks that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will have on his visits to Tel Aviv and Sochi this week.
The collapse of the Turkish lira and the possible knock-on effect that this might have across the Aegean is being followed closely in Athens.
An international conference on Libya ended in Paris on Friday with a commitment from the North African country’s authorities to hold presidential elections on December 24 and a decision to set up a schedule for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Libya.
For some time, Greece has paid little attention to Africa and especially the northern part of the continent, where it could potentially have a strategic footprint.
The European Union’s failure to offer the Western Balkans guarantees for full EU membership has had many victims. The latest is North Macedonia’s prime minister, Zoran Zaev.
Following an intense period, during which Greece signed a defence deal with France and renewed the Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) with the US, Athens is once again turning an eye to the Eastern Mediterranean region as well as North Africa.
Following the signing of the amendment to the Defence Agreement between Greece and the United States on Thursday, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias described it as “a very good day for our country.”