Following the recent dramatic developments along Greece’s eastern borders, one EU member state after the other is announcing additional support for Greece to protect the EU’s border with Turkey.
EU member states have reached several bilateral agreements with Greek authorities on top of the aid that has already been announced by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex.
Greece’s Kathimerini newspaper reported on Tuesday that authorities in Poland and Austria have reached an agreement with their Greek counterparts to send a significant number of policemen to assist in the guarding of the border at Evros.
The report suggests that Poland has made the decision to send more than a hundred men from its police force’s special units — and is ready to send many more if Athens requests it.
Austria, whose leader Sebastian Kurz recently made a series of very supportive statements for Greece’s border enforcement efforts, has decided to send more than a dozen special police forces, along with material help.
On Sunday, Nicos Anastasiades, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, contacted Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis and announced Nicosia’s decision to send Cypriot forces to assist their Greek counterparts.
Με τον @PrimeministerGR συμφωνήσαμε για τη στάση την οποία θα τηρήσουμε στην τηλεφωνική επικοινωνία που θα έχουμε σήμερα το απόγευμα με τον @eucopresident ενόψει των συνομιλιών του Τούρκου Προέδρου κ. Ερντογάν με τον κ. Μισιέλ καθώς και με τη Γερμανίδα Καγκελάριο κα Μέρκελ.
— Nicos Anastasiades (@AnastasiadesCY) March 8, 2020
A total of 22 Greek Cypriot border guards arrived in Greece on Monday and are already operating along the front line.
In addition to all these, more than one hundred border guards from across the European Union are expected to arrive in Greece on Wednesday.
This combined force will operate under the umbrella of Frontex.
Erdogan Calls Greece’s Behavior in Evros ”Murderous”
In the meantime, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued his extremely provocative statements against Greece and its armed forces on Tuesday.
Returning from Brussels late on Monday night, President Erdogan allegedly averred that ”Greece is not aware of international law.”
Quoted by Turkey’s Daily Sabah newspaper, Erdogan said that ”Mitsotakis needs to look at the universal declaration of human rights. They (the Greeks) need to know and accept that their treatment at the border is murderous. We will expose again the pictures of refugees stripped of their clothes this year at the UN General Assembly.”
Erdogan also repeated the Turkish claim that Greek forces have killed four or five refugees in Evros, a serious charge that Athens has repeatedly and forcefully denied.