Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated Athens' condemnation of any border violations and treaties, during talks in the Greek capital on Thursday evening with visiting NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, a direct reference to the Turkish military incursions into the heavily Kurdish-populated and controlled areas of northern Syria this week.
Mitsotakis called for the international community and NATO to press for cease fire in order to avoid a further escalation of warfare in the Middle East and to avoid new refugees flows crossing Turkey to try to enter the EU -- i.e. Greece, in the first stage.
Mitsotakis, roughly three months after winning a general election and forming a majority government, has faced a resurging migration crisis in the eastern Aegean, with people-smugglers operating from Turkey again ferrying over third country nationals onto a handful of Greek isles.
Among others, he referred events leading to a "violent" change in demographics in northern Syria and a violations of international law, "ones which are reminiscent of historical memories that are incompatible with modern civilization".