Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis referred to the immigration crisis and the developments on the Polish-Belarusian border in an article in the French newspaper Le Figaro.
“President Lukashenko draws inspiration from a strategy that has already been tried and which has sown chaos and misery on Europe’s borders,” said Mitsotakis.
As he said, “Europe must not back down and it must say ‘enough’. The instrumentalisation of migrants will be used again and again to the detriment of Europe as long as EU countries do not take the necessary measures.”
Mitsotakis stated that “while the actions of the European Commission are oriented in the right direction, in addition to ad-hoc solutions, we must put in place and stable mechanisms, with duration, which will prevent the recurrence of similar situations in the future.”
“Protecting the EU’s external borders, by all available means, is not just the responsibility of national authorities,” he added.
Referring to Greece, Mitsotakis said in his article that “Greece has strengthened its ongoing actions, together with European and neighboring countries, to manage immigration in the most humane, legal and constructive way.”
“We operate exclusively under European law and while we are actively protecting Europe’s borders, we have also issued thousands of professional visas in the last year and processed many asylum applications,” the prime minister added.