Refugee crisis: Turkey sends special forces to the border with Greece

ANKARA, (BM) – Turkish authorities have decided to deploy a thousand police special forces on the border with Greece to prevent attempts to return migrants, said Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soilu, learned citing Komersant.

Earlier, against the background of the situation in Syrian Idlib, Turkey opened the border with the EU.

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“They (the Greek authorities) injured 164 people. They tried to push 4.9 thousand people back to us. We are sending 1,000 special forces of the police to the border <…> to prevent return,” the Turkish Interior Minister told reporters in the province of Edirne on the border with Greece, quoted by Reuters.

It was previously reported that Austria will send the border police to restrain the flow of migrants to Greece. “We must be clearly focused on stopping people on the external border,” said Austrian Minister of the Interior Karl Nehammer.

Recall that Turkey opened the border with the EU for refugees due to the situation in Syrian Idlib. More than 30 Turkish soldiers died there on February 27 due to the shelling of Syrian government forces. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Turkish military were among the terrorists.

Read more: Refugee crisis: ‘The era of unilateral casualties is over’ Erdogan said

Ankara after the incident began the operation “Shield of Spring.” According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, more than 3 thousand Syrian soldiers have been killed since the start of the operation.

Yesterday, on March 5, negotiations between the Presidents of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan were held in Moscow.


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