Europe is on the brink of war as Turkey gathers fleets of boats to ship 3,000 migrants a day to Greece in retaliation over the European Union’s (EU) vote to freeze accession talks.
Greek intelligence officers have discovered the Turkish plans which they say involve thousands of dinghies and motorboats already being gathered along Turkey’s western coast.
The analysts said Syrian migrants are preparing to board the vessels and wash up on Greek shores “within a matter of weeks”.
National intelligence officials estimate at least 3,000 undocumented migrants could enter Greece each day under the plan.
They said the plans are being supported by Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has been battling the European Parliament since they voted to halt talks to let Turkey into the union last week.
Although the vote is non-binding the politicians have put up a political wall between the EU and Mr Erdogan.
During a speech in Istanbul on Saturday, the country’s president warned: “If you go any further, these border gates will be opened. Neither me nor my people will be affected by these dry threats. It wouldn’t matter if all of you approved the European Parliament vote.
“We are the ones who feed three-three and a half million refugees in this country. You have betrayed your promises.”
In March this year, Turkey entered into an agreement with the EU in which they accept Syrian migrants who have made their way from Turkey to Greece.
In return for accepting the migrants, Turkish citizens get visa-free access to the EU and the government gets monetary rewards.
However, Turkey’s human rights attitude has continually threatened to topple its accession hopes.