Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is set to visit Athens and Ankara on Tuesday, in a bid to ease tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean between the two NATO allies.
Maas will meet with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, to discuss the situation in the REGION while EU-Russia relations and the situation in Libya will also be on the table. Later in the same day, he will also travel to neighbouring Turkey to meet with the country’s FM, Mevlut Cavusoglu.
His visit will come a week after EU leaders met virtually for an extraordinary summit on the situation in Belarus. During the 3-hour meeting, the issue of Turkey’s aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean was also raised by several member states, with the leaders of European nations expressing their solidarity with Greece and Cyprus.
The meetings will also come ahead of an informal “Gymnich” meeting of EU foreign ministers, set to be held in Berlin on August 27 and 28, as Germany holds the rotating EU Council Presidency.
EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, is set to present later in the month, a list of concrete measures against Turkey, as a response to Ankara’s continuous illegal hydrocarbons exploration in Greece’s and Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Earlier in August, EU Council President, Charles Michel announced he will convene an extraordinary summit on the Eastern Mediterranean in late September, following a request by Athens for a stronger EU response to Turkey’s violations.