NATO In The Aegean

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A map pinned to a telephone pole on Lesbos island, Greece from a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea and, in the distance, Turkey – for volunteers on the lookout for refugee boats

 

BBC reports:

Nato ships are being deployed to the Aegean Sea to deter people-smugglers taking migrants from Turkey to Greece, Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg says.

… Mr Stoltenberg said the mission would not be about “stopping or pushing back refugee boats”.

Nato, he said, will contribute “critical information and surveillance to help counter human trafficking”.

The decision marks the security alliance’s first intervention in Europe’s migrant crisis.

US defence secretary Ashton Carter earlier said that targeting the “criminal syndicate that is exploiting these poor people” would have the greatest humanitarian impact.

Germany Defence Minister Ursula Von der Leyen said several Nato members had pledged warships and that any refugees rescued would be returned to Turkey, a fellow Nato ally.

A European Commission spokesman said it viewed the plan as “a sort of forerunner” to a proposed European coast guard.

Migrant crisis: Nato deploys Aegean people-smuggling patrols (BBC)

Previously: ‘We Can Bus The Refugees To Greece’

19 thoughts on “NATO In The Aegean

  1. Zuppy International

    the “criminal syndicate that is exploiting these poor people”

    That would be NATO, the UN, etc, etc

    Is this how they announce their invasion of Europe?

  2. Charger Salmons

    I holiday on the Greek islands most summers and the good news is if you steer well away from the Turkish coast and south of all the troublesome islands such as Lesbos you can still have a wonderful time.

    Paros, Naxos and that whole Cyclades chain never sees a migrant,dead or alive,and because the Greek economy is still going down the toilet you can pick up some amazing deals.

    My own particular favourite is a little town on Paros called Naoussa.Wonderful place with nice restaurants and bars and the more civilised Greek people.

    Avoid Athens like the plague,however,as it’s awash with scum.

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      Still though, it’s a cheap holiday in someone else’s misery, however you paint it.

      I believe prices have plummeted?
      -Is that because you’ll be there, and people like you?

      1. Charger Salmons

        Well,would you rather well-off people like myself didn’t go to Greece and thereby boost its tourist industry which is probably one of the few things keeping the country afloat.
        Just because it hasn’t been in the news for a while don;t think the inherent problems of Greece – a suicidally unsustainable economy – haven’t gone away.
        And truthfully the average Greek hates every single one of those ” economic ” migrants who arrive on their shores demanding somewhere to charge their iphone and a Western lady to sexual abuse in order to relieve them of their Arabic frustration.
        I’ve been to Greece 50-60 times over the years and enjoyed its hospitality and cheap prices ( even though they got a bit greedy before their crash ) and a few dead people washed up on the beaches of Lesbos ain’t gonna get in the way of my annual sojourn to the Greek summer sun.

    2. Mickey Twopints

      Having read this contribution from you, I’m left with the same queasy feeling that comes with the realisation that I’ve just stepped in freshly laid dogshit.

        1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

          Who are we talking about?

          C’mon, both of you know…

          I’m taliking to you pair, ‘Mickey Two-inches’ and ‘Same old same comnent’.
          What’s the story?

          You two should team up. Together, as one.
          You have a certain synchronicity about you.

          It would be a loss to the World if you were to dismiss or forsake it.

          -Forsake sense, do it.

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