Greece will not tolerate illegal entry of migrants from Turkey: PM

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greece will not tolerate any illegal entries of migrants through its borders and will increase its border security, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday, according to Reuters.

Migrants and refugees started gathering at the Greek-Turkish land border after Turkey warned that it would let out thousands of refugees stuck in the country since a 2016 accord between Ankara and the European Union.

In a tweet Mitsotakis said Greece “does not bear any responsibility for the tragic events in Syria and will not suffer the consequences of decisions taken by others.”

Dozens of refugees and migrants have reached the Turkish borders shared with the EU after Turkey said it would no longer prevent migration to the bloc, according to Euronews.

In Evros, northeastern Greece, a police official said refugees and migrants were heard shouting “open the borders” as they reached the area on Friday.

Both Greece and Bulgaria say they have stepped up their patrols along the Turkish land borders.

In video footage later deleted by Turkish broadcaster NTV, a refugee implied that they were brought to the border in busses rented by some Turkish municipalities.

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