Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a statement he made about opening the gates to millions of migrants to massively enter Greece and entire Europe.
Mitsotakis said at a news conference in Thessaloniki on Sunday that Erdogan can’t “threaten” Greece and the European Union by trying to wrest more money to deal with mass migration, adding that the bloc has already provided Turkey with 6 billion euros in aid.
“If we are not given the necessary support in this fight, we will not be able to prevent the 3,650,000 Syrian refugees and another 2,000,000 refugees from leaving our borders from Indlib,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in another speech overnight in Malatya.
Mitsotakis also criticised EU countries for not doing their part to accept refugees, especially unaccompanied children, saying that if they couldn’t show solidarity with fellow EU members, they should leave the Schengen area of free peoples’ movement.
The PM added that he intends to have the first meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the United Nations assembly.
“If Mr. Erdogan would like to truly restart Greek-Turkish relations then he must prove this in practice,” Mitsotakis said, adding that his own intention was to engage in talks “because this is the only way to find mutually acceptable solutions. We come to the negotiation with the arguments provided to us by international law, which is on our side.”
It should also be noted that over the last few hours alone, over 300 migrants arrived in Greece.