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EU tightens controls on Greek-Turkish border due to the migration crisis

EU launches defense mechanism in connection with migration crisis on the Greek border

The European Commission expressed their sympathy to thousands of people who are trying to cross the border but announced the sending of hundreds of border guards to Greece.

Due to the migration crisis on the border between Turkey and Greece, the European Union has launched a civil protection mechanism. This was stated by the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Twitter on Tuesday, March 3.

Von der Leyen visited the Greek-Turkish border, which thousands of Syrian migrants are trying to cross.

“I want to express my sympathy to migrants who have been lured by false promises into this desperate situation. We launched a civil protection mechanism based on a request made by Greece,” said the head of the EC.

The EU External Border Security Agency (Frontex) will strengthen Greece’s maritime and land borders with 100 border guards in addition to the existing 530, von der Leyen said.

“We need decisive intervention by European border guards, covering both land and sea borders. The European border must be protected,” the head of the European Commission concluded.

Recall that earlier Greece sent warships to protect the border from migrants. Greek islands in the Aegean Sea will patrol 52 warships and coast guard vessels.

It was also reported that in Greece, tractor farmers began to deter refugees. Tractors and other farm equipment with large headlights help the army and police work in deep darkness.

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