Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis while speaking to SKAI, stated that the extension of the border fence across the Evros River will be completed in a few months time.
Greece is reinforcing its defences by expanding the fence because, officials say, it does not want to be caught by surprise if Turkey makes any sudden moves.
During the interview, Chryssochoidis said that at the moment, at least, Turkey is not engaging in provocative actions and that, in any case, the government is “absolutely calm.”
Chryssochoidis noted that Greece has “become a European symbol of border protection” and that the Evros front is guarded by army, police and Frontex forces.
With the hiring of 400 more border guards underway, “the border situation will markedly improve,” the minister said.
While Greece and Turkey are NATO allies, relations between the two neighbour states have plummeted since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened the borders to millions of refugees, allowing them free access to Europe through Greece.