“Greece received yesterday an organized, massive, illegal attempt of its borders violation, it withstood protecting our borders and the ones of Europe,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Saturday following an emergency meeting under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister on the new migration crisis.
“The government is determined to do whatever it takes to safeguard our borders,” he stressed.
Petsas added that “more than 4,000 illegal entries were prevented,” and that the 66 people who illegally crossed into Greece are being arrested.
These 66 “have nothing to do with Idlib, they are all men aged 18-28,” mainly from Afghanistan, the government spokesman said adding that they will all be deported.
During the meeting of PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis with the ministers of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Citizen Protection and other high-ranking members of the government, it has been decided to further strengthen the forces on land and at sea.
“Police and Army forces are being transferred to Evros region, the Coast Guard is being strengthened on the islands” of the Aegean Sea and “as of today a total of vessels of the Coast Guard and the Navy are in operation, ” Petsas said.
The visit of PM Mitsotakis to Samos and other islands receiving refugees and migrants influx, scheduled to begin on Saturday, has been postponed. According to ANT1 TV, it ill be resumed in the next days.
PS We hope, the government next to strengthening forces at the borders and the islands has also a Plan B on how to deal with the crisis and what exactly will do, as the pressure at the borders is ongoing and will be increasing as Turkish President Erdogan announced on Saturday.