Erdoğan accuses Greece of killing two migrants

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Greece on Monday of killing two migrants and seriously injuring another one at the Greek-Turkish border.

At a press conference after meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Bojko Borisov, Erdoğan also said he rejected €1 billion that the European Union allegedly offered to help him manage migration.

As video footage of a migrant who appeared to be shot or injured circulated on social media, Erdoğan claimed, “Greek soldiers had killed two migrants and severely wounded a third.”

The Greek government’s spokesperson said Erdoğan’s statement on migrants being killed at the Greek border was misinformation, Reuters reported.

Earlier, Turkish media reported that Greek police shot a Syrian refugee on the border.

Stelios Petsas, the spokesman for the Greek government, then wrote on Twitter that the video Turkish media used to try and prove the death of a migrant at the border is a hoax. Similarly, he later reacted to Erdoğan’s accusation, saying no shots had been fired at any migrants.

The Turkish President also said on Monday that he had refused the financial aid allegedly offered by the European Union.

“They told us, ‘We’ll send you a billion euros.’ Who are you trying to fool? We don’t want that money anymore,” Erdoğan said at the press conference after meeting Borisov.

The EU is trying to get Turkey to return to the 2016 agreement, in which the country promised to stop migration to the Union in exchange for financial assistance from Brussels.

According to NGOs, some 15,000 migrants have arrived at the Greek-Turkish border since Friday, when Athens reinforced border surveillance and sent soldiers to protect it.

The situation on the Turkish-Bulgarian border, which follows the Greek-Turkish border, was still calm on Monday. Nevertheless, the Bulgarian prime minister went to Turkey to talk to Erdoğan.

According to APA, Borisov was trying to convince Erdoğan to meet EU officials who headed to the Greek-Turkish border on Tuesday.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, President of the European Council Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and President of the European Parliament David Sassoli are to participate in the mission.

Borisov, however, was unable to convince Erdoğan to join the meeting to be held in Sofia, APA said.

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