Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Turkey of attempting to 'turn tens of thousands of migrants into illegal invaders for their own purposes by harshly violating the European and Greek borders."

Mitsotakis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held keynote speeches at the first German-Hellenic Financial Forum hosted by the German Industry and Trade Chamber in Berlin on Monday.

Both leaders addressed the crisis at the Greek-Turkish border as well as the corona virus spread and economic developments.

"We can say 2020 is not 2015. But no one should be that naive to believe the topics of refugees and migration could be solved by the push of a button once and for all,'' said Merkel.

"‚ÄčThis procedure is unacceptable and that is why I put all my strength into converting the EU-Turkey deal to a new step," she added.

Migrants have been trying to cross the border in large numbers since Turkey announced on February 27 that it would no longer abide by the 2016 agreement with the EU to halt migration flows into the continent in return for aid.

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