President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, Francesco Rocca, discussed the humanitarian situation facing migrants and refugees at the Greek-Turkey Kastanies checkpoint as many try to reach Europe, during an interview in Kastanies on Thursday.
“There is no article even in the policies of the European Union that allowed members to suspend the right of a person to... Еще request asylum in a country. I know that this is a very difficult situation, but democracy and the rule of law must apply more than ever in this kind of situation”, he said.
Rocca also criticized head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who has called Greece “a European shield,” calling her comment xenophobic. If Greece is a shield, then migrants might be thought to be a “weapon,” he said.
“We must not call these desperate people «a weapon», because calling Greece a «shield» means that people are weapons to the president,” Rocca said.