Athens and Ankara choose appeasement after verbal clash

The Greek and Turkish diplomatic leaders decided yesterday in Athens to meet with their leaders in June, in a sign of appeasement of their differences after their verbal clash a month ago in Ankara. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit on June 14 in Brussels, said Nikos Dendias, head of Greek diplomacy, after talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. The purpose of the talks between the two ministers in Athens was to try to find “a procedure for prior understanding” and “gradually normalize” Greek-Turkish relations. For his part, Mevlut Cavusoglu assured that Turkey wanted to continue talks with Greece “without preconditions”, according to an official Greek translation of his words into Turkish. The two ministers took no questions from reporters. According to Greek analysts, the Turkish president is currently in favor of talks with Greece at the NATO summit attended by US President Joe Biden, because the latter is more reserved towards Ankara than his predecessor Donald Trump. “Currently, Turkey is seeking a rapprochement but on its own terms,” ​​said Kostas Lavdas, professor of European affairs at the University of Panteion in Athens. “Turkey needs to have a positive position” in view of the European summit at the end of June where Turkey’s relations with the European Union will be discussed, stressed this professor at Greek public television Ert.

The Greek and Turkish diplomatic leaders decided yesterday in Athens to meet with their leaders in June, in a sign of appeasement of their differences after their verbal clash a month ago in Ankara. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit on June 14 in Brussels, Nikos announced …

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