Athens will today receive a visit from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who will meet Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at 10:30 am, following the recent agreement on the creation of a NATO Crisis Prevention Mechanism between Greece and Turkey. The meeting will take place at the Maximos Palace and will be followed by statements to the press.
In addition, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will organize a working breakfast in honor of Mr Stoltenberg, which will also be attended by Minister of National Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos. The meeting will focus on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, the process of meditating on the future of the Alliance, as well as other matters of mutual interest, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
In practice, Mr. Stoltenberg’s goal is:
1. Contribute to the continuation of military de-escalation in the Eastern Mediterranean.
2. Close all outstanding issues concerning the unblocking mechanism of Greece and Turkey.
3. Strengthen in the field of public diplomacy the image of a NATO capable of serving as a mediator in the settlement of disputes between its member states.
At 12:00, the NATO Secretary General will be received by the President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, at the Presidential Palace. It should be noted that the NATO Secretary General was in Turkey yesterday where he had a meeting with President Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Melvut Tsavousoglu.
According to an article by Jens Stoltenberg, they discussed “the military deterrence mechanism developed by NATO for the Eastern Mediterranean”.