The upcoming meeting of NATO leaders scheduled to take place on June 14 in Brussels is of particular importance to Greece right now.
To begin with, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is slated to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the sidelines of the summit. Their discussions are expected to shed light on Ankara’s intentions over the course of the next few months. It may allow Athens to determine whether Turkey will opt for the path of calm and we will have some smooth sailing this summer, or whether the incendiary rhetoric will continue, along with possible tension in the Aegean – even though this is in no one’s best interest.
Secondly, the Turkish strongman will also be meeting for the first time with US President Joe Biden, who has a much different approach to foreign relations than his predecessor and demands that certain values and codes of behaviour are respected – in both cases Turkey is not passing muster right now.
The meeting will also be addressing a string of issues that are of direct or indirect interest to the United States, and these include Turkey’s relationship with Greece and the question of Cyprus.
It is also likely that there will be a meeting – albeit a brief one – between Biden and Mitsotakis, a development that would be indisputably important at a time when – beyond the role of the Greek diaspora, which is more complementary with the current president in Washington – the strategic relationship between Greece and the United States is being deepened, especially on the defence front.
(A version of this article was originally published by the Kathimerini newspaper and is reproduced by permission.)