BREAKTHROUGH: Greece and Turkey agree to de-escalate tensions amid Ukrainian crisis

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Greece and Turkey have agreed to de-escalate tensions following a meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey on Sunday.

According to Greek government sources, ‘the necessity to deescalate of tension between Greece and Turkey and support  stability in the East Mediterranean, in the shadow of the war in the Ukraine’  was the joint understanding at the meeting between the two leaders.

The Turkish president received the Greek prime minister at the presidential residence Vahdettin Mansion, where they met privately over lunch.

Government sources said the two leaders conversed in a very cordial atmosphere, meeting as allies facing security challenges due to political developments following the war in Ukraine. They agreed on improving communication at all levels.

According to sources, Mitsotakis agreed to holding a Greece-Turkey confidence-building measures meeting in April, as long as there is no escalation of tension. The Greek and Turkish leaders also agreed to hold the 5th High-Level Cooperation Council in Greece this coming fall.

Mitsotakis and Erdogan each reiterated their set stance on bilateral issues, but despite disagreements both decided to emphasize the positive agenda and their countries’ economic collaboration, the sources said. A high-level source saw the meeting as a foundation for a better era between the two countries’ relations.

The two leaders also agreed to coordinate action toward the opening of humanitarian corridors in Ukraine, the sources said. President Erdogan told the Greek prime minister that Ankara helped evacuate a Greek woman from Kherson. In terms of the migration issue, it was noted that each country should fulfil its relevant obligations.