Greece’s Foreign Ministry said Turkey is deliberately inflating the numbers of refugees and migrants being sent to the border, and crossing, where Greek police and army units were trying to keep them out along the Evros River.
Greece said it’s part of what it called a disinformation campaign that has seen wildly varying estimates from international media over how many were trying to cross the border after Turkey said it would not bar them from trying, and with the New Democracy government saying they are being aided by Turkey’s government.
The response came hours after a tweet by Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu tweeted that “As of 09.55 hours (8:55 a.m. Greece time,) the number of immigrants leaving our country via Edirne is 76 thousand 358.”
The Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry had said that 10,000 migrants had been prevented from entering and that 73 who managed to cross were arrested.
In a tweet, the ministry had declared that, “no one can cross the Greek borders. All those attempting illegal entry, are effectively prevented from entering. Numbers cited by Turkish authorities are entirely false and misleading.”