On Wednesday, the Greek border guard prevented around 1,500 migrants from crossing the border river Evros from Turkey within a day Greece to get. This is what the Minister for Citizen Protection, Takis Theodorikakos, told the Skai news channel on Thursday. "I want to make it clear: It is an organized plan by Turkey," said Theodorikakos. In numerous cases, vehicles belonging to Turkish security forces brought people to the Turkish side of the border river, migrants reported after their arrival.
In a recent speech at the United Nations (UN), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once again accused Athens of illegally pushing migrants back into Turkey (pushbacks). Because of the increased number of migrants on the Evros, Greece wants to seal off the border in the north-east of the country almost completely. The existing 35 km border fence is currently being extended by 80 km. Bulgaria has also sealed off large parts of its border with Turkey with a fence.