Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made his first public intervention in the Aegean dispute with Turkey on Wednesday as the threat from a growing coronavirus outbreak at home escalated.
Greece is stepping up its diplomatic efforts in the hope of securing a united European reaction to Turkey’s action in the Aegean as the Oruc Reis research vessel continued its activity in the area.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due to speak to Greece’s political leaders on Tuesday to update them on the latest developments in the ongoing spat with Turkey over maritime boundaries.
As it scrambles to deal with the rising number of Covid-19 cases, the government has come under pressure for its handling of flash floods on the island of Evia over the weekend, which resulted in eight deaths.
Greece and Egypt signed an agreement on Thursday designating an exclusive economic zone in the Eastern Mediterranean, amid heightened tensions with Turkey over natural resources in the region.
The new, and promoted, members of Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s cabinet were sworn in on Wednesday after the first, and minimal, reshuffle since New Democracy came to power.
A steady rise in new Covid-19 cases has prompted the Greek government to intensify its warnings and tighten hygiene measures to bring infections back under control.
A limited cabinet reshuffle – the first since New Democracy came to power just over a year ago - which had been trailed for the last few weeks was announced on Tuesday.
A committee of “wise men” chaired by Nobel laureate economist Sir Christopher Pissarides published on Monday its draft recommendations to the government for transforming the Greek economy.
The authorities are stepping up their efforts to encourage Greeks to take greater care not to spread the coronavirus after a significant rise in confirmed cases over the last few days.