Samaras to meet with Erdoğan on Thursday

Samaras to meet with Erdoğan on Thursday


By Spiros Sideris – Athens

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will meet with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Cardiff, Wales. The meeting, which was requested by the turkish side, 40 days ago, will take place in a heavy “climate”, after what Erdoğan said during his visit to the Turlish-occupied part of Cyprus.

According to government sources, the greek side has already answered to the provocative statements, made by the Turkish Prime Minister, through the Foreign Ministry and plans to use the meeting to promote the Greek positions.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Dimitres Avramopoulos, who will meet earlier with Jean-Claude Juncker, will travel directly from Brussels to Cardiff, Wales for the annual meeting of NATO, in a period of intense turmoil in Eastern Europe (Ukraine, relations EU-Russia) and in the Islamic world. The agenda of the NATO summit, in addition to developments in the Cyprus issue, is the main subject of the meeting between Samaras,  Venizelos and Avramopoulos in Maximos Mansion.

The new President of EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will meet at noon Wednesday with Avramopoulos, in the context of the exploratory contacts made ​​with the new commissioners.

Avramopoulos is expected to travel tomorrow morning for the Belgian capital after a written invitation by Juncker, who also expressed a desire to have a discussion in person. During the meeting of the two men, who have known each other for a long time, is probably expected to be finalized the portfolio of the new Greek Commissioner. The portfolio of migration is high in the aspirations of the greek government, since it is a burning issue for Greece, while it is more compatible with the temperament of the current Minister of Defence.

However, there will be no announcements tomorrow, as the meeting will be held away from the headlights of the MME, while Juncker plans to announce the new composition of the Committee as a whole.