Greece’s foreign policy has focussed lately on building bridges and promoting cooperation from Northern Africa to the Black Sea with the aim of creating alliances which could act as counterbalance to Turkey’s policies in the same regions.
The discussion about EU-Turkish relations at Friday’s European Council was not as thorough as expected but Greece emerged broadly satisfied about the “carrot and stick” approach that the Union plans on maintaining in its dealings with Ankara.
If the much-anticipated meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was focussed on breaking the ice at a personal level and creating the necessary conditions for a calm summer, then their talks in Brussels on Monday could be considered a first step in this direction.
The imminent meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with Turkιση President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels will be the third since their first meeting in 2019. Undoubtedly, it will be the most difficult.
There was no diplomatic rematch between Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu when they met again in Athens on Monday.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is heading to Russia on Monday for bilateral talks with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov, aiming to rekindle relations with Russia.
It has been almost three years since the signing of the Prespes Agreement (June 12, 2018) between Greece and North Macedonia and bilateral relations are improving, as evident during the visit of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to Athens last week.
The informal talks on the Cyprus issue under the auspices of the United Nations concluded last Thursday with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres admitting that the meeting failed to find common ground.
The new United Nations-led talks on the Cyprus issue are to take place between April 27-29 at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, but with no real hope of any substantial progress on a matter that has been unresolved for almost 60 years.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his team reportedly prepared several alternative statements to ensure he would be able to respond adequately and publicly to what his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu would say during their unprecedented and heated press conference exchange on Thursday after talks that were aimed at reducing tension between the two countries.