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Ankara slams Greece on EU-Turkey refugee-deal letter

Turkey blasted Greece's prime minister on April 3 after he sent a letter to European leaders urging a reduction in financial support to Ankara amid a refugee crisis.

Athens on alert for Turkish migrant ships

The Hellenic Navy has in recent days identified and is monitoring the movements of about six cargo ships off the Turkish coast, concerned they are preparing to transport illegal migrants to the Greek islands. 

Dendias: Turkey used migrants for political purposes

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Friday said Turkey had used migrants' desperation for political purposes, while calling for a continuation of NATO's migrant mission in the Aegean.
"Turkey was obviously exposed to international public opinion," Dendias told state broadcaster ERT over the recent migrant standoff along the Evros border.

Cavusoglu reiterates claims against Greece

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has accused Turkey of undermining the values of the NATO alliance after his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated claims that Greek forces had killed migrants seeking to cross the countries' shared border, Kathimerini understands.

The exchange took place during a teleconference of NATO foreign ministers on Thursday.

Turkey Reports 601 Medics Infected with COVID-19

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Wednesday said 601 medical workers, including doctors, nurses and other staff, had been infected by the coronavirus.

Suspension of asylum claims not extended

Greece will not extend its suspension of asylum applications, the government said Monday, vowing however to tighten up security at the borders.

The country announced a one-month block on new claims on March 1 after Turkey "opened the doors" for migrants to travel to the European Union. 

70,000 inmates to be put under house arrest amid epidemic

As part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in Turkey, an article that will allow 70,000 inmates to be put under house arrest has been added to the new criminal execution proposal.

Asylum seekers forced from Greek waters rescued

The Greek Coast Guard on March 31 forced 18 asylum seekers into Turkish territorial waters off the southeastern coast, where they were rescued by Turkey.

A Turkish Coast Guard team rescued the asylum seekers off the Datça district, in the Aegean, in the Muğla province, said the coast guard command.

Dendias condemns Turkey’s blackmail using migrants for geopolitical gain in FT opinion piece

Straight on the heels of Turkey's effort to have thousands of migrants violently violently cross over to Greece at the Evros land border, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias deconstrructs Ankara's communications effort to blame Greece for the plight of these migrants which it bused to the border, of whom only 10 percent were refugees and the rest economic migrants.

More than 10 partygoers detained in Istanbul for violating virus rules

Some 11 people have been detained after throwing a party in Istanbul's Büyükçekmece district and sharing videos on social media outlets.

"Actions have been taken against those individuals for violating the regulations regarding the infectious disease and the public health law," the Istanbul Governor's Office said in a statement.

Athens readies for Ankara’s next move

Greece is reportedly in a heightened state of vigilance at all levels, so that in the coming period of its forced introversion to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic the conditions are not created that would allow Ankara to spring any surprises.

More Turkish villages put under quarantine

Turkey has put more villages in the eastern and Central Anatolian provinces under quarantine in a bid to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Two neighborhoods and two hamlets in the eastern Van province, near the Iranian border, have been placed under quarantine, Mehmet Emin Bilmez, the local governor, has announced.

Turkey withdraws migrants from Evros land border

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Turkish authorities on Friday evacuated hundreds of migrants from Turkey's land border with Greece. 

The migrants were among an estimated 10,000 that had gathered at the border hoping to cross into Greece and Europe after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government had said last month it would not prevent them from leaving.

Turkey moves migrants from Greek border amid virus pandemic

Turkish authorities have evacuated thousands of migrants who had been waiting at the border with Greece hoping to make their way into Europe, as a precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey's interior minister said on March 27.