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Turkey Says Greece Sending 250 Border Guards Along Evros River

ATHENS – Still swapping accusations over who was to blame for 92 naked refugees found trying to cross the border between the countries, Turkey said Greece is sending 250 border guards to patrol the region near the Evros River.

That was claimed by the site ExPatGuide Turkey which said that, as the tension between Turkey and Greece escalates day by day, this step of the Athens administration seems to increase the tension.”

The report said that while Turkey is demanding that Greece remove troops off Aegean islands near Turkey’s coast – which would leave them open to invasion that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened – that the refugee issue is another thorn.

Turkey is supposed to hold some 4.4 million refugees and migrants who went there fleeing war, strife and economic hardship in their homelands and hoping to get to the European Union before the borders were closed.

That has left them trying to get mostly into Greece to seek asylum but the New Democracy government has been frantically trying to keep them out and has been accused of pushing them back, which it denies.

Greek Immigration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said in a statement on his social media account, “Turkey’s attitude to the 92 immigrants we rescued at the border today is an embarrassment to civilization. EU.”

Turkey’s Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said, “we invite Greece to give up its inhuman attitude towards refugees as soon as possible, to put an end to the baseless and baseless accusations against Turkey…”

Turkey must be asked to provide explanations regarding its handling of migration following the “truly shocking” incident involving 92 migrants left stark naked at the Evros border, Citizen Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos told SKAI TV earlier.

“It is an inhuman picture, a barbarous behavior that evokes the Middle Ages, not the 21st Century,” Theodorikakos said, who added that most were Afghans along with some Syrians.

They told Frontex border agency officers that they were taken to Evros in three Turkish gendarmerie (Jandarma) vehicles.

“There is a daily threat in Evros, through the barbaric weaponization of irregular migrants by Turkey, which systematically creates problems all along the length of the river,” Theodorikakos said.

“Here there is a people that are absolutely united, who do not accept any discussion that concerns sovereign rights. The Turks are well aware of this and that there is total vigilance and complete readiness to deal with any incident, any conditions,” the minister said, also stressing that Greek forces were on alert and nothing can get through Greece’s border with Turkey.

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