Greece: NATO migrant patrols only in Turkish waters

Greece: NATO migrant patrols only in Turkish waters

Greece’s prime minister says possible NATO involvement in dealing with the refugee crisis in Europe should only involve patrols in Turkish territorial waters.

Olga Gerovasili, a government spokeswoman in Athens, said Premier Alexis Tsipras discussed the issue in a telephone call Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Greece is facing growing pressure from the European Union to strengthen border protection and detection of migrants who are not considered eligible for asylum in Europe.

On Monday, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos suggested that the EU's border protection agency Frontex could patrol Turkish waters and turn back boats carrying migrants and refugees.

He said Frontex patrols could “stop the great migratory flow to Greece” as well as deaths in frequent disasters at sea.


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