The recent tension between Greece and Turkey in the Evros border area highlighted how an issue of a mostly technical nature can throw relations between the two countries off balance.
Greece is continuing its efforts to fortify its borders with Turkey in the northeastern region of Evros.
Unresolved bilateral issues continue to cause friction in Greece’s relationship with Turkey as Athens looks to renew its presence in the Eastern Mediterranean and support for the Western Balkans’ efforts to join the European Union.
Athens is concerned about the continuous overflights by Turkish fighter jets in the Aegean as these currently involve large and inhabited Greek islands as well as parts of Greece’s mainland.
Ankara’s intention to begin again drilling works in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as its continuing aggressive tactics in the Aegean will be brought up for discussion during Wednesday’s EU Council of Foreign Affairs by Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.
Although there is relief in Athens at the relative calm in Greek-Turkish relations over the past few days, the government remains vigilant.
Turkey submitted a letter to the United Nations on March 18 that gives Greece food for thought regarding its neighbour’s intentions and the next steps Athens should take.
The European Union is set to agree on Tuesday, during a video conference of foreign and EU affairs ministers, for North Macedonia and Albania to begin their long-awaited accession talks.
Ankara decided on Wednesday to close its borders with Greece and Bulgaria in an attempt to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Greece feels that over the last few days there has been a notable increase in Turkey aggressiveness, both in words and actions, putting Athens on alert.