Greece to dial up security on Turkey border
Greece has announced plans to increase security along its borders with Turkey, including another 250 border officers and a fence extension, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported on Sunday.
The planned move, revealed by Minister of Civil Protection Takis Theodorikakos, focuses on the Evros river crossing, it said, a natural boundary between Turkey and Greece and is a popular crossing point for migrants looking to enter into Europe.
“On these borders of our country with Turkey, the borders of the European Union with Turkey, we have completed 37 kilometres of the fence that has enhanced the security of our border. A secure border is a precondition for Greeks everywhere to be safe,” Theodorikakos said.
Migrants are among a string of issues plaguing Ankara-Athens relations. Greece was on the frontline of the 2015 migrant crisis, which saw more than a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East crossing into the EU from Turkey, home to some four million migrants.
Greece last year began extending the fence at the border with Turkey and in August completed another 40-kilometre fence and surveillance system on its border with the neighbouring country.