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Athens snubs Mikl-Leitner’s request to visit Athens

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Athens has turned down a request by Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner to visit Greece next week amid growing tensions between the two EU states over Vienna’s strong-arm approach to the handling of Europe’s migrant crisis, diplomatic sources have told Kathimerini.

The Greek Foreign Ministry said Austria must first roll back the unilateral measures agreed during a meeting with Balkan states in Vienna on Wednesday, according to the same source.

The meeting was aimed at coordinating border restrictions across the region to limit the migrant flow.

Greece, which was snubbed from the talks, accused Austria of an “unfriendly act.”

On Thursday Greece recalled its ambassador to Vienna.