Mitsotakis, Erdogan to meet on Wednesday in Vilnius

Mitsotakis, Erdogan to meet on Wednesday in Vilnius

The one-on-one meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been confirmed for Wednesday, July 12, at the NATO Summit in Vilnius.

According to information reported by Skai, the two leaders will meet around noon, after the conclusion of the summit. Foreign Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexandra Papadopoulou and most probably Mitsotakis’s diplomatic adviser, Anna Maria Boura, will be at the prime minister’s side.

The same sources said that Athens is anticipating a low tone, in line with the mood after the February 6 earthquakes in Turkey, and the continuation of normalizing relations. In order for this to occur, it was noted, Ankara should not raise issues that are “red lines” for the Greek side, such as the demilitarization of the islands and the “Blue Homeland” doctrine.

Athens is reportedly insisting on a “positive agenda” on which discussions can move forward, such as the economy, bilateral trade, or civil protection issues. Greece is discussing only one dispute with Turkey, namely the definition of the continental shelf/EEZ, with the prime minister saying in Parliament on Thursday that the Hague Tribunal could be a way out on this issue.

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