At the 2012 opening of Trump Towers in Istanbul, real estate mogul Donald Trump sang the praises of Tayyip Erdogan, telling a mostly Turkish audience that their leader, prime minister at the time, was "highly respected" around the world.
"He's a good man. He's just representing you very well," Trump said at the ceremony.
Locked in a region marked by uncertainty and risky endeavors, and amid widespread concern sparked by Turkey's incursion into Syria, Greece, Cyprus and Israel are forging a web of stability. The project is designed to serve their own interests but at the same time serves those of Europe and the United States.
The French Presidential Declaration addressed to Moscow could be a signal of strategic dialogue and a call to Berlin to take action.
Neue Zrcher Zeitung points out that Russian officials understand that the North Atlantic Alliance will not disappear and that reforms are not foreseen. So the Macron Declaration only made Moscow "happy", and no one else.
A man linked to the Islamic State in Syria remains stranded in the buffer zone on the Greek-Turkish border, Kathimerini understands.
The man, who is said to hold US citizenship, appears to have been expelled by Turkey. However, Greek authorities have refused to allow him to enter Greece.
The man remains under the purview of Turkish authorities.