The change in America’s intentions and priorities should come as no surprise. It confirms that despite some doubling back by Washington, geopolitical developments in our neighbourhood remain exceptionally fluid.
The US government has steadfastly supported the Ecumenical Patriarchate for nearly a century and has supported Vartholomeos' move to grant the Ukrainian Church autonomy and in the dispute with the Russian Church, which was high on the agenda of Vartholomeos' one-hour meeting with Joe Biden.
In the name of his predecessor's 'America First' doctrine, US President Joe Biden decided to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan without consulting with America’s allies, and he signed the AUKUS agreement with the UK and Australia without briefing France and the rest of the EU.
Although it is too soon for such comparisons, there are serious indications that Biden will close the cycle begun precisely four decades ago by Ronald Reagan and will become the “grandfather” of a more social democratic America.
Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdogan enjoyed a privileged relationship with Mr. Trump, who never hid his admiration for his Turkish counterpart.
Mr. Biden has a lot to do right off the bat for his citizenry. He does not have a magic wand to deal with Greece and the new global realities.
When Biden enters the White House on 20 January, the oldest person to assume the office at age 78, he likely will face a difficult task governing in a deeply polarised Washington.