Athens is assessing the news that Turkey test-fired a locally made, short-range ballistic missile over the Black Sea on Tuesday, as Bloomberg revealed.
The ongoing tension between Greece and Turkey also permeated to other capitals last week, suggesting that the situation will drag on until elections will take place in both countries, sometime next year.
The government in Athens has become certain that the acrimonious situation with Turkey will last at least until elections take place in the neighbouring country.
In his address to the 77th United Nations General Assembly last Friday, Kyriakos Mitsotakis chose to point out the benefits of a peaceful and cooperative atmosphere between Greece and Turkey, but also to draw his government’s red lines vis a vis Turkey’s revisionist policies, making it clear that security, stability, and territorial integrity are non-negotiable for Athens.
Greece and Turkey are using the platform available to them at the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York to put under the spotlight their outstanding differences on several issues and to exchange longstanding accusations at the highest international level.
During Sunday’s press conference at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sought to rebut the latest aggressive rhetoric emanating from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while not ruling out the possibility that the two could meet in due course.
Athens is bracing itself for a period of prolonged tension with Ankara that is expected to last until elections in its neighbouring country, scheduled to take place in 2023.
Athens believes the migration crisis has entered a new phase, calling it a hybrid attack on Greece by Turkey.
Greek and Cypriot officials spent much of the summer discussing how they would react in case Turkey’s drillship Abdülhamid Han would sail within the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone or disputed waters in the Aegean.
German Foreign Minister Analena Baerbock visited Athens for the first time since her appointment next week and there is a feeling among Greek officials that it may have marked a shift in the way Berlin views the enduring disputes between Athens and Ankara.