Turkish Foreign Minister Claims Greece Fired on Boats with Refugees; Greece Responds



The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Saturday strongly refuting the claims made by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that Greece has shot at boats carrying refugees.

”We categorically reject today’s statements by the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs,” the Greek statement asserted.

”Such unsubstantiated claims regarding supposed practices against refugees expose those who make them and are an insult to the personnel of the competent Greek authorities and Greek citizens who are making enormous efforts every day to save lives,” the Foreign Ministry noted.

Earlier on Saturday, during a joint press conference with the German Foreign Minister, Cavusoglu charged that Greece has been firing at refugee boats in the Aegean Sea, sinking them, and then forcibly returning wounded refugees to Turkey.

”Greece is a well-governed, democratic state under the rule of law that monitors its borders effectively, with full respect for international law and a strong sense of humanitarianism,” Athens noted in its statement addressing the charges.

”Claims to the contrary serve only to conceal the unwillingness of those making those claims to meet their international commitments,” the statement concluded.

It is noted that during the last several months, several thousands of new refugees and migrants have crossed the border from Turkey to Greece, bringing Greece’s capacity to accommodate and help those people to its limits.