President Erdogan criticizes Greece’s policy of pushing back illegal refugees and its hostile approach towards Ankara, promising that Turkey “will do what is necessary”.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the Greek prime minister for asking for US help against Turkey, saying “we will always do what is necessary”.
Speaking at an event in the capital Ankara on Tuesday, the Turkish leader highlighted Athens’ policy of lethal pushback against refugees.
“We see how they [Greek coast guards] bury these poor people in the seas of the Aegean, the Mediterranean from the Greek ferries. Is the world talking about it? No. Our frigates reach them and rescue them from the sea. Because we are Muslims and fulfill the requirements of our religion,” Erdogan said.
The Turkish President underlined the hostile approach of the Greek government towards Turkey.
“Greek Prime Minister [Kyriakos Mitsotakis] asks for help from the United States. Against what? Against Turkey. Whatever you do, we will always do what is necessary, we are ready to do that,” Erdogan said.
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Human rights groups and the media have frequently reported unlawful pushbacks and other human rights abuses by Greek authorities.
Ankara and global rights groups have repeatedly condemned Greece’s illegal practice of pushing back asylum seekers, saying it violates humanitarian values and international law by putting the lives of vulnerable refugees at risk. , including women and children.
The European Union has remained silent in the face of Athens’ pushback policy. Frontex, which facilitates the coordination of border patrols in Europe, seems close eyes to Greece’s practices in the region.
Videos and Cookies revealed how Greek border guards beat refugees, take their money and leave them naked in winter.
On September 28, several news outlets, quoting Prime Minister Mitsotakis, said that Greece was confident about the support of the United States and the European Union against Turkey.
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Turkey’s coastguard says it rescued more than 15,000 maritime refugees or migrants in 2021 who faced pushbacks from Greece, its ‘de facto’ policy that violates the European Convention on Human Rights pic.twitter.com/o2DeuOgB9T
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