Defence Minister and General Floros to inspect military units at Greek-Turkish border


Greece's Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos and Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrysohoidis will today visit  military units and military posts in Evros region on the Greek borders with Turkey.

The ministers will be accompanied by the Chief of Defence Staff General Konstantinos Floros and the Head of the Greek Police Lieutenant General Michail Karamalakis.

The inspection comes as Europe braces itself for a possible exploitation of the Afghanistan refugee crisis by human traffickers and regional players as we've seen in the past.

In the past at the border of Evros, Greece experienced Turkish attempts to weaponise desperate immigrants and forcibly send them to the Greek border even though Turkey is considered a safe haven.

In response to criticism on the handling of the immigration issue from main opposition party SYRIZA of former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Notis Mitarakis said:

"SYRIZA does not stop reminding us of its past, with painful results in all sectors.
Greece is not a free-for-all entry point,  and from this year will operate "new closed, controlled structures, and will continue the deportation of those who are not entitled to asylum under international law."

Meanwhile, Deputy Civil Protection and Crises Management Nikos Hardalias who was recently rushed to hospital following a stroke on Monday  was  discharged from 'Aghia Olga' hospital.

According to a hospital's announcement, the minister is in excellent condition and was advised to remain for a few days at home.

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