Greek Citizens Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos said his country would build a 180-kilometer fence to isolate it from neighboring Turkey.
The Minister said that the Greek Government’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Council (KYSEA) had previously decided to build a fence along the entire Evros River.
The minister indicated that his country would immediately begin construction of the first stage of the 35 km long fence. 100 million euros have already been allocated for these purposes.
The minister stressed that last year the Greek police arrested 1,300 traffickers and prevented 256,000 illegal immigrants from entering the country illegally. He stressed that behind all initiatives of this kind stands, in particular, Turkey.
“Our neighbors know perfectly well that the exploitation of unfortunate people cannot be allowed to continue,” the Greek minister added.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he could use Turkish Typhoon short-range ballistic missiles against Athens if “Greece does not maintain peace and tranquility” and does not change course to expand its arsenals.