CRISIS AT EU EXTERNAL BORDERS Smoke bombs and tear gas at Greek-Turkish border


Security forces on both sides use tear gas at the border. The Greek coast guard accuses Turkey of deliberate provocation. Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis calls the EU-Turkey Refugee Pact “dead”. All developments in the live ticker.

In the midst of the refugee crisis, security forces on both sides have fired tear gas at the Turkish-Greek border. A reporter from the news agency Reuters reported on Saturday that tear gas and smoke grenades were fired from the Turkish side towards the Greek police at the sealed-off border crossing at Kastanies. The Greek police also used tear gas in some cases.

Previously, tensions in the Eastern Aegean had increased further. Greek media published video footage showing the Turkish water police pushing a Greek boat of the coast guard out of the area, carrying out dangerous manoeuvres. According to Greek media, the footage is from Friday morning.

Meanwhile, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the EU-Turkey refugee pact had lapsed. “Let’s be honest now, the agreement is dead,” Mitsotakis told US news channel CNN.


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