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.
Athens is trying to use all the diplomatic tools at its disposal to respond to what it sees as Turkish intransigence and aggressiveness in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Greece appears to be adopting a careful approach to its rocky relationship with Turkey despite Ankara possibly thinking there is an opportune moment to advance its claims in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean.
Greece was caught by surprise on Sunday night when Turkey decided to issue a NAVTEX for the Oruc Reis research vessel to conduct new surveys for hydrocarbon resources in an area that Athens claims to be part of its continental shelf.
The foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey, Nikos Dendias and Mevlut Cavusoglu held their first meeting in a year on Thursday on the sidelines of the GLOBSEC Forum, in Bratislava.
In his second visit to Greece in almost a year, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pleased his hosts with his messages of support and with his gestures during a time when the Greek government needed both, especially ahead of difficult talks with neighboring Turkey.