EU Foreign Chief Will Visit Tense Greece-Turkey Border, Cyprus

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell,  is due to go to the border between Greece and Turkey along the Evros River, closed since Turkey tried to get 10,000 migrants to cross in February and March.

Greek forces there remain on alert for another attempt at an incursion and Borrell is also slated to talk with Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis as tensions are soaring with Turkey, especially over provocations in the Aegean and East Mediterreanean and fears Turkey will flood Greek islands with more refugees and migrants.

At the Kastanies crossing by the Evros, Borrell will be accompanied by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and meet teams guarding the crossing and see preparations to prevent migrants from getting through or using the river.

In Athens, apart from Mitsotakis, Borrell is also scheduled to hold talks with Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos over Turkey’s plans to drill for energy off Crete and claiming waters around Greek islands and part of Greece’s Continental Shelf.

Borrell is then scheduled to go to Cyprus to meet President Nicos Anastasiades about Turkey’s drilling in the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ,) with the EU doing little except issuing soft sanctions that haven’t stopped it.


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