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Greece claims Turkish coast guard pushes migrants its way


ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has accused Turkey’s coast guard of escorting and trying to push into Greek waters a boat with migrants that was trying to illegally reach Greece. The Greek coast guard posted a video of a large Turkish patrol vessel and what seems to be a smaller one beside an inflatable dinghy containing dozens of people. A coast guard statement said the Turkish vessels accompanied the migrant boat off the Greek island of Lesbos on Tuesday. It said Greek coast guard vessels prevented the dinghy’s entry, and the Turkish coast guard boats eventually picked up the migrants after initially refusing to do so. A Greek minister says the European Union must “exert greater pressure” on Turkey to comply with international law.

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