The European Commission has allocated Greece EUR 700 million to address immigration crisis

the European Commission (EC) to Greece contributed € 700 million to solve problems of Syrian refugees who seek to reach Europe through Turkey. This was stated on Tuesday the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen at a joint press conference in Greece with the Prime Minister of this country the European Commission (EC) to Greece contributed € 700 million to solve problems of Syrian refugees who seek to reach Europe through Turkey. This was stated on Tuesday the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen at a joint press conference in Greece with the Prime Minister of this country
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the European Commission (EC) to Greece contributed € 700 million to solve problems of Syrian refugees who seek to reach Europe through Turkey. This was stated on Tuesday the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen at a joint press conference in Greece with the Prime Minister of this country, the head of the European Council and the President of the European Parliament, which took place in the town of Kastanies at the land border with Turkey.

“the European Commission allocates EUR 700 million of aid to Greece, 200 million of which will be provided immediately,” she said. Her words leads TASS.

According to head EK, the Greek anxiety is the anxiety of the EU. “It’s not just about the Greek borders, but European. Our priority is to provide all necessary support to Greece”, she added.

In addition, von der Leyen stressed that the EU will remain United in seeking to resolve the immigration crisis. “Those who are trying to test the unity of the EU on the strength, will be disappointed. We will keep our line, unity will prevail. Turkey is not an enemy, but the people – not a means to achieve goals,” she added.

In the same vein, spoke and the Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis, speaking at a joint press conference with EU leaders. “This government is pursuing a different policy in relation to the protection of borders. We send a very clear message that migrants and refugees can be used as a tool for geopolitical games. They are the real victims in this kind of politics. It is an approach that cannot be considered acceptable,” said Mitsotakis.

According to the Prime Minister, Greece operates within the framework of international and European law. “What is happening on the Greek border, is an international political issue of the highest importance, he said. – Greece has shown that it can protect their rights with weapons in the form of law and determination. Threats to Erdogan not passed.”

According to the head of the government, the message of the Europeans addressed to illegal migrants, is clear: “do Not attempt to enter Greece illegally, you will fail and you will be held responsible for their choice completely.”

Speaking of Europe, the Prime Minister noted that “solidarity can not remain in words, it should feel Greek citizens, whose security and a quiet life are in danger”. “Greece believes that Turkey can help in solving the refugee problem. Here we need the support of Europe, but not in the mode threats. Neither Greece nor Europe is susceptible to blackmail. Armed with the law and logic, we will win,” said Mitsotakis.

He added that thousands of illegal immigrants sent to Turkey to the Greek border, are a threat to BAAsecurity of Greece. “Turkey sends thousands of people to the border to meet their requirements. She uses them as geopolitical leverage for their own purposes. Unfortunately, Turkey became the official smuggling of migrants”, – said the head of government.

According to him, “the problem is not as such the issue of migrants and refugees, it is the asymmetric threat” to the security of Greece. “I am obliged to protect the territorial integrity of the country, that’s what I’m going to do. Our guiding principle is the safety of Greece and Europe”, – said Mitsotakis.

He noted that “expects tangible solidarity from the EU” and said the presence of senior European officials sends a clear message: “We have seen what’s going on here, despite the propaganda based on fake news”.

the Prime Minister noted that Greece, protecting its borders, “fully complies with the requirements of international law”. “Greece can guard their borders, we have prevented illegal entry into the country of more than 24 thousand workers,” – said the head of government.

February 28, Reuters reported, citing Turkish officials that Ankara decided not to stop Syrian refugees who seek to reach Europe by sea or land. The Turkish officers, coast guard and border crossing points are instructed not to impede the passage of migrants in the event of a flood of refugees from Syria. This decision was taken after the incident with the death in the night from Thursday to Friday 36 Turkish soldiers in Idlib province. Through inaction, Ankara is trying to put pressure on European States to achieve their political and diplomatic support and increase pressure on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Turks want to get a cessation of military operations in Idlib against the armed opposition.

According to the latest data, more than 76 thousand of migrants have crossed the border of Turkey with the European Union after the adoption Ankara’s decision to open the border for refugees.