How to catch up with Turkey

Bayraktar TB2 drone stands near the logo of the Turkish Baykar defense company inside a hall at the 30th International Defense Industry Exhibition in Kielce, Poland, on September 5, 2022. [Kacper Pempel/Reuters]

No one believes that in Monday's meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis there will be any serious progress in the major problems that have accumulated over the last 50 years in bilateral relations. There will be no solution either to the issue of Turkey's "casus belli" or to the maritime zones, the demilitarization of the Greek islands, and the drilling for natural gas in the Aegean Sea.

It is also true that the Greek-Turkish summit did not prevent Ankara from adding new issues to the bilateral disputes, either with provocative statements against Greece's planned marine parks in the Aegean or with the unacceptable conversion of the Chora Monastery into a mosque.

This does not mean, however, that the Mitsotakis-Erdogan tete-a-tete had to be postponed, as some hotheads suggested. The meeting reinforces the easing of...

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