ATHENS (TASS): The Greek Foreign Ministry denied the claims of the Turkish side that there was allegedly an incident on the Greek-Turkish border, during which a Turkish citizen was killed by gunfire from the Greek side.
This is stated in the message released on Sunday by the Greek Foreign Ministry.
According to him, “Charge d’Affaires of Greece in Ankara, in accordance with the instructions received, responding to the appropriate emergency demarche, within which she was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry today, completely rejected Turkey’s accusations regarding the alleged incident in the Evros region. [on the Greek-Turkish land border]”.
“She pointed out to the Turkish side the obligation of the latter to guard its borders and prevent the activities of human traffickers and illegal immigration,” the statement said.
The Greek Ministry of Citizens Protection and the Greek Police issued a short statement on Sunday that said:
“With regard to Turkish media publications reproduced on websites, we report that Greek forces were not involved in the incident they describe in Evros.”
Turkish media claimed that a 43-year-old Turk was killed by fire from the Greek side on Saturday on the Turkish bank of the Evros River, along which the border between the two countries partially runs, near the city of Edirne.
Sources in Athens told the Greek newspaper iefimerida that Greece had nothing to do with the 43-year-old Turk’s death. According to them, the incident took place on the Turkish coast of Evros, two suppliers of illegal migrants were involved, one of them was drunk.
Competent sources in Athens also explained that an investigation was carried out by both the army and the police, and it was confirmed that there was no shooting from the Greek side.
The same sources talk about the use of the event in coast of Evros by the Turkish side for propaganda purposes with the intention of attributing it to Greece.