The unofficial moratorium for calm relations between Greece and Turkey agreed recently by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come under strain over the last couple of days.
Bilateral relations between Greece and Russia entered uncharted waters after Athens made yet another momentous foreign policy decision by deciding to declare last week 12 Russian diplomats personae non gratae.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine, its geopolitical implications and the economic consequences of sanctions against Moscow top the US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s agenda for her visit to Europe, including Athens.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered momentous changes in the Euro-Atlantic security strategy.
Athens is expecting a new political environment in its relations with Ankara, to retain open communication channels and a period of tranquility in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean following the meeting between Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, on Sunday.
Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to meet Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, in what will be their first talks on Turkish soil rather than neutral territory.
Athens has shown its support for Kiev following Russia’s invasion by sending ammunition to Ukraine, while also condemning any revisionist trend “from any source whatsoever,” as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during a NATO teleconference, on Friday.
Athens condemns any revisionism and threat against the territorial integrity of any country – this was the message from Athens shortly before Russia began its attack on Ukraine on Thursday.
Athens and Moscow will remain in contact as part of the diplomatic dialogue at all levels regarding the crucial situation surrounding Ukraine after a meeting between their top diplomats last week.
Recent statements by Turkish officials questioning Greece’s sovereignty over islands in the eastern Aegean has caused discomfort in Athens.