Greece earlier in the week completed a 40 km (25 mile) fence at its border with Turkey and a new surveillance system was in place to prevent potential asylum seekers from trying to reach the Europe after the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban.
Greece seeks to prevent a repeat of events in 2020, when thousands of migrants and asylum seekers attempted to storm the Greek border at Evros, demanding to pass through the EU.
“The crisis in Afghanistan creates new parameters in the geopolitical sphere, and at the same time creates the possibility of migratory flows”, Minister of Citizen Protection Michalis Chrisochoidis said in the Evros region.
He noted that even though Greece is a member of the EU and supports human rights, “we cannot indifferently await the possible consequences,” adding that Athens would not allow migrants to be used to do so. pressure on Greece.
“It is our decision to defend and secure our borders,” he said. “Our borders will remain secure and inviolable. “
Chrisochoidis said the extension of the existing 12.5-kilometer fence has been completed in recent days, along with a high-tech automated electronic surveillance system.
The 5-meter (16.4-foot) high fence and the eight observation towers are erected in the Ferres region, in the southern part of the border region.
The area is difficult to control as the Evros River does not function as a natural border, as some Turkish territories extend to the west of the river bank.
With a total budget of 62.9 million euros, the project was carried out by a consortium of four construction companies.
Greek and Turkish leaders discuss Afghanistan
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed Afghanistan over the phone on Friday, with Erdogan saying Afghanistan and Iran – a key route for Afghans to Turkey – should be supported or that a new wave of migration was “inevitable,” said his office mentioned.
NATO allies and historical rivals Greece and Turkey have agreed to cooperate to prevent a possible massive influx of Afghan refugees into their countries.
During the half-hour’s interview, which sources said was cordial, the two leaders agreed that Greece and Turkey face the same challenges. They would have agreed that they would not take responsibility for the Afghan refugees as they both seek to deter the influx of migrants at their borders.
The two leaders agreed that neighboring countries should be supported, so that the Afghans remain as close as possible to their homeland.
Events in Afghanistan fueled fears in the European Union of a repeat of the 2015 refugee crisis, when nearly a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and beyond crossed the border. Greece from Turkey before heading north to richer states.
Greece was at the forefront of this crisis and has said its border forces are on alert to ensure it does not once again become Europe’s gateway.