Diplomats in Athens and Nicosia are rushing to arrange a meeting between Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis with US President-elect Joe Biden before the latter meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, news website in.gr reported.
The election of Biden in the US has revived hopes in Athens that the new US administration will not show the tolerance of Donald Trump toward Turkey’s behaviour in the Eastern Mediterranean and the wider region.
The Greek government and particularly the foreign ministry are looking for a lead over Ankara in terms of impressions as well as substance, given Biden’s pre-election statements, which have been seen in a positive light in Athens.
“Erdoğan will probably be unable to influence US policy with a simple phone call, as he had occasionally done with Donald Trump,” AFP recently reported. Indicatively, Erdoğan congratulated Biden for victory with a three-day delay.
Citing sources in Washington, in.gr reported that if a meeting is scheduled within six months, it will be a significant success for the Greek side. The same sources emphasised that Biden’s goal is to primarily extend a hand of friendship to NATO and the EU and then launch his contacts with each country separately. (Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)