Greece is closely monitoring developments on the Ukrainian crisis but has no intention of being caught up in the fierce confrontation between the West and Moscow. Athens does not wish to take sides in the dispute.
Greece is intensifying its efforts to secure a position as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Greece is intensifying its efforts to counter Turkey’s more active role in the Western Balkans, including by strengthening relations between Athens and Kosovo.
The first six of 24 state of the art Rafale fighter jets Greece is acquiring from France arrived to much fanfare last Wednesday at Tanagra Air Base, north of Athens.
Athens was left confused and concerned by a non-paper sent by Washington that casts doubt on the future of the East Med natural gas pipeline.
As far as Greek foreign policy is concerned, the arrival of the new year has not brought the most encouraging signs as Ankara has launched a new round of aggressive rhetoric against Athens, with the latest warning coming from Turkey’s Defence Minister, Hulusi Akar.
Greece was active on the diplomatic front throughout 2021: High-level agreements were signed, while Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visited several countries with the aim of forging stronger ties with countries that are significant for Greek interests.
Issues that are high on the Greek government’s diplomatic agenda, such as energy, the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey are expected to top the talks that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will have on his visits to Tel Aviv and Sochi this week.
The collapse of the Turkish lira and the possible knock-on effect that this might have across the Aegean is being followed closely in Athens.
An international conference on Libya ended in Paris on Friday with a commitment from the North African country’s authorities to hold presidential elections on December 24 and a decision to set up a schedule for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Libya.