"It is known that Greece has been and remains a safe country. Last year, we faced a situation that was unexpected but I think that Greece has fulfilled its duty with honor and resolved the situation. Now, Europe and Turkey must take on the burden and fulfill their duties… I can state that Greece and the Greek islands are ready to accept tourists," Kundura told reporters during the ongoing Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT), which marks the opening of the 2016 tourist season.
Greece is the main transit route for refugees coming across the Aegean Sea from Turkey, and has been affected most by the migrant crisis. Since the beginning of 2016, over 147,000 migrants have arrived in Greece out of a total of some 160,000 arrivals to Europe via the Mediterranean, according to the international Organization for Migration.