Over the few past weeks, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias stressed that next week’s visit to Turkey will hinge on whether the neighbouring country ends its provocations against Greece.
It appeared that despite Turkey’s daily violations against Greek airspace, accusing Greece of mistreating the Muslim minority, and claiming Greece is responsible for tensions, Dendias is satisfied that Turkey has ended its hostilities so he can visit the country.
According to SKAI, Dendias will visit Turkey on Wednesday after accepting an invitation from his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
Upon arrival in the Turkish capital, the Greek Foreign Minister will participate in the Iftar dinner for Ramadan celebrations.
Before going to Ankara, Dendias will go to Constantinople (Κωνσταντινούπολις, Turkish: İstanbul), where he will meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew.
However, despite this announcement, the question begs whether Dendias will go to Ankara despite his emphasis that he will not go if Turkey continues its provocations.
Besides the aforementioned provocations by Turkey, the latest comes from the head of media and communications of the Turkish presidency, Fahrettin Altun.
Altun posted a three minute video to his Twitter profile claiming “Greece harbors terrorist organizations.”
The Turkish propaganda goes so far as to accuse Greece of equipping and training Kurdish guerrillas at a migrant camp in Lavrio.
Of course this is a deflective method as it was revealed on Wednesday that Turkey granted citizenship to eight members belonging to ISIS, as reported by Greek City Times.
In response to this allegation, the Greek Foreign Ministry said “We categorically reject any attempt to tarnish the image of Greece through the projection of unacceptable myths.”
“The choice of timing for such non-existent and blatant claims raises a question,” the statement concluded.
It now begs the question whether Dendias will back up his own words and not go to Ankara to meet his Turkish counterpart since the provocations have continued unabated.