Greece is trying to expand its diplomatic activity in the wake of its latest spat with Turkey as relations with Ankara remain the number one foreign policy issue for Athens.
In Greece’s absence, the Berlin Conference ended on Sunday with an agreement among all the participants to respect a much-violated arms embargo, to hold off on military support to the warring parties and push them to reach a full ceasefire.
Athens has been left to watch from afar the latest international diplomatic initiatives aimed at bringing an end to the longstanding conflict in Libya.
The government appears satisfied with the result of the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s first diplomatic tour in the US even though the Greek side did not elicit from the US president a public denouncement of Turkey's actions in the Eastern Mediterranean that Athens views as breaches of its sovereign rights.
Greece, Israel and Cyprus signed on Thursday a historic agreement for the construction of the EastMed pipeline, bolstering their tripartite alliance and shaking things up in terms of the geopolitical implications for the region.
Recent developments mean that it is clear the first months of 2020 will be challenging for Greek-Turkish relations.
Athens appears satisfied with the stance taken by the European Union in support of Greek positions on the Turkey–Libya maritime border deal.
Greece has obtained a copy of the memorandum of understanding on maritime borders signed between Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord in Libya, which has rocked relations between Athens and Ankara.
Ankara caught Athens by surprise when it announced this week the signing of a Maritime Jurisdictions Memorandum with Libya.
Athens is planning specific moves to bolster its role in the Balkans and to avert any developments that could be against Greek interests following France’s decision to veto accession talks for North Macedonia and Albania.