Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is visiting Ankara on Thursday, where he is expected to also be received by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following an invitation that arrived in Athens on Wednesday evening.
The Greek public sphere witnessed last week a rare incident for the country’s political scene - a debate through articles and statements by the two prime ministers who governed Greece between 1996 and 2009 on their views regarding foreign policy regarding Turkey.
Greece is due to reopen this Tuesday its embassy in Libya's capital Tripoli, which has been closed since 2014 amid the civil war that has torn apart the North African country.
Athens has already begun to plan its new strategy by trying to predict Ankara’s moves following the latest European Council. The 27 EU leaders have given Turkey another chance but without a “cart blanche,” leaving the final decisions on EU-Turkey relations for their June Summit.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is due in Brussels this Monday to attend the EU’s General Affairs Council, which is expected to focus on EU-Turkey relations ahead of the European Council this week.
The 62nd round of exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey is expected to take place on Tuesday, March 16 in Athens, following Ankara’s hesitance in responding to dates tabled by the Greek side.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is scheduled to visit Cairo on Monday and there are two developments linked to his trip to Egypt - one of several during his tenure.
Ankara is involved in activities that are ratcheting up tension with Athens, something that diminishes any hopes that the pending 62nd round of exploratory talks will be productive.
The new round of exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey hang in the balance as Ankara has resumed what Athens deems to be aggressive rhetoric.
A new meeting of the quintet on the Cyprus issue is expected to take place at the end of March under the auspices of the United Nations Auspices, following the European Union Council on the 25th of the same month.