Greece’s Foreign Ministry issued a stern rebuke on Monday against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accusing him of spreading ‘fake news’ in his claims that Greek security forces had killed migrants on its borders.
In its online statement, the Ministry accused Turkey of using people as a “battering ram” and stressed that it was in no position to lecture anyone on international law and human rights.
“When a country uses people as a battering ram, fabricates fake news to mislead them, and systematically violates the sovereignty and sovereign rights of neighbouring countries, it is in no position to point fingers at anyone.”
“And of course it is in no position to lecture anyone on International Law and human rights. After all, Turkey has been failing these particular courses for years,” the tweets, posted on the ministry’s official account, said.
Turkish media also accused Greece’s Coast Guard of illegally ‘pushing back’ a boat with immigrants, which resulted in the drowning of an infant. However, it has been revealed that the boat was blocked in international waters away from Greece’s sea border, and by international law and European law was ordered to go back as it was trying to enter illegally.
The news that an infant drowned was true, however how it occurred was reported wrong by Turkish authorities. The truth is that this incident took place hours after the previous one and the boat was sank by the illegal migrants themselves in order to request a forced S&R (search and rescue) by Greece. According to sources, this is what they were instructed to do by the Turkish coast guard and smugglers.
Greek police beating children and women, is also a Turkish media lie.