ATHENS – The violation of Greek borders is not simply 'movement' by Turkish forces, SYRIZA MP George Katrougalos said on Monday, criticizing the ministries of National Defense and Foreign Affairs for their handling of media reports on alleged incidents at the Evros borders.
Katrougalos, head of foreign affairs at the main opposition party, was referring to reports rejected by the government that Turkish forces had trespassed into Greek territory while Greek forces were extending the border fence.
In a written statement, the Syriza MP and former foreign minister accused Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias of downplaying the incident as 'fake news' and of terming Turkish violations of the borders as 'movement' observed. The fact is, Katrougalos said, "that a demarche was filed because Turkish soldiers entered Greek territory."
The Syriza MP said, "The violation of borders does not constitute 'movements'," and he charged the ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defense with "contradictions and verbal tricks to hide or obscure the truth, insulting the Greek people and (…) sending a wrong message to the other side, allowing them to loosen all restraint in their escalating Turkish aggression."