Turkish deputy inside minister Ismail Catakli rejects claims, accusing Greece of pushing again 231 migrants in seven incidents.
Greece has accused Turkey of making an attempt to impress it by making an attempt to push boats carrying migrants into Greek waters, a declare Ankara strongly rejected.
Greece and Turkey disagree on a variety of points, together with vitality assets within the Mediterranean Sea, and tensions between the NATO allies rose final 12 months when 1000’s of asylum seekers in Turkey tried to storm the Greek land border.
Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi stated the Greek coastguard reported a number of incidents on Friday of the Turkish coastguard and navy accompanying migrant boats “to the border of Europe, in an effort to impress an escalation” with Greece.
“It’s past doubt that these migrants departed Turkish shores, and given the actual fact they have been supported by Turkey, weren’t in danger,” Mitarachi stated in a press release. “We name on Turkey to face down and cease this unwarranted provocation.”
Turkish Deputy Inside Minister Ismail Catakli responded to Mitarachi on Twitter, saying he was distorting the occasions and telling lies.
Catakli accused Greece of pushing again 231 migrants in seven incidents that came about on Friday, including that Turkey rescued them.
“That’s against the law in opposition to humanity to slander the Turkish Coast Guard saving folks you left to dying. That’s typical of you,” Catakli wrote.
Turkey’s Coast Guard Command stated it rescued the migrants from rubber boats off Izmir, Balikesir and Canakkale provinces.
The Greek coastguard stated in a single incident a ship carrying migrants tried to enter Greek territorial waters on Friday accompanied by a Turkish coastguard vessel. In one other, two Turkish vessels tried to push a dingy with migrants into Greek waters.
In a 3rd incident off the island of Lesbos, a Turkish coastguard vessel entered Greek territorial waters and harassed a Greek patrol boat, it stated.
Almost 1,000,000 asylum seekers, largely Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, crossed into Greece from Turkey on boats in 2015 firstly of Europe’s migration disaster. A 12 months later, the European Union struck a take care of Ankara to stem the move and numbers fell dramatically.
Mitarachi referred to as on Turkey to “reside as much as” its commitments underneath the deal.
The neighbouring NATO allies are at odds over points corresponding to competing claims over their respective continental cabinets, maritime rights, and air house within the Mediterranean, vitality, ethnically cut up Cyprus, and the standing of some islands within the Aegean Sea.
Underlining the tensions, Turkey final month protested in opposition to a deal between Greece, Israel and Cyprus for an undersea cable linking their electrical energy grids.
In accordance with the state-run Anadolu information company, Ankara believes the deliberate route for the cable runs by way of Turkey’s continental shelf.
Exploratory talks are supposed to lay the bottom for formal negotiations, however the two nations have made little progress in additional than 60 rounds of conferences since 2002 and can’t even agree on what points to debate.