While our attention is justifiably focused on the economic crisis in Greece, we might learn of some surprises with regard to Greek-Turkish relations.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, in Turkey for the May 13 NATO Summit there, had meetings with the country’s entire leadership on his agenda: his counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and after them, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey.
Of course, Turkish foreign ministers meet with the Greek President when visiting Athens, but his position is not as powerful as Erdogan’s.
In addition, the encouraging statements from both sides have generated curiosity and questions about the enigmatic developments and what lies behind them.
For example, Cavusoglu said during a news conference with his Greek counterpart that “we agreed on a series of measures – for the Aegean – which we believe will improve the maritime atmosphere.”
While this sounds pleasant, its meaning is not entirely known, so it is logical for questions to be raised.
It is also interesting that both Greece and Turkey “welcomed” the restart of talks on Cyprus, emphasizing that an opportunity for a solution “is not to be missed.”
Cavusoglu said “we have good reason to be optimistic. This is an opportunity that we should exploit.”
At the same time, encouraging statements are being made in Cyprus. It is therefore obvious that there is a serious background behind Greek-Turkish affairs.
That is not necessarily a negative development.
But we have two concerns: First, that talks on such important issues with Turkey given the situation Greece now finds itself in pose risks.
And second, decisions might be taking place while the attention is focused on the economic crisis.