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Mitsotakis: Greece Facing an Asymmetric Threat, Not a Refugee/Migration Problem

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen looks out the window as she flies over the Greek-Turkish border on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Migrants and refugees hoping to enter Greece from Turkey appeared to be fanning out across a broader swathe of the roughly 200-kilometer-long land border Tuesday, maintaining pressure on the frontier after Ankara declared its borders with the European Union open. (Dimitris Papamitsos/Greek Prime Minister's Office via AP)

KASTANIES, EVROS - Greece is not facing a refugee/migration problem but an "asymmetric threat", Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday in Kastanies, Evros during a joint press conference with the heads of the EU's top institutions.

"It is my duty to defend Greece's integrity and this is what I will do. My guideline is the security of Greece and Europe," Mitsotakis underlined.

" We are acting within the framework of international and European law. Above all, the events at the Greek borders consitute an international political matter of the highest degree," stated Mitsotakis. "Greece has shown that it can defend its rights armed with legality and its determination," he said, adding that the threats of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "were not allowed to pass".

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From left to right, front row, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrive in Orestiada town during their visit at the Greek-Turkish border on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.(Dimitris Papamitsos/Greek Prime Minister's Office via AP)

Ursula von der Leyen: 'Greek concerns are also our concerns'

Greece's concerns "are also our concerns," and the Greek borders are also European borders, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated during a press conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the heads of other EU institutions in Kastanies, Evros on Tuesday.

"We declare our European solidarity with Greece" she said.

"The situation at our [EU] borders is not an issue Greece must handle alone, it is the responsibility of Europe as a whole and we will handle the problem with order, unity, solidarity and determination," the European Commission president added.