Ukrainian citizens who got stuck in Athens airport were not detained; border guards merely did not let them pass the checkpoint, due to the lockdown restrictions that are now active in Greece. Ukrinform news agency reported that with a reference to Serhiy Pogoreltsev, Director of Department of Consulate Service of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry.
"Our citizens are not apprehended; they just were not allowed to enter the country because of the current restrictions. The consul bought some water and hygiene stuff and reached the airport. The Greek government issued a permission to visit them", Pogoreltsev said.
Ukraine's Embassy in Greece has been taking care of this issue, the consul said.
"For now, I can advise all our citizens who intend to travel during this epideomiologically difficult period to plan their trips only after they get actual updates on the opportunity or the order to enter this or that foreign country", Pogoreltsev said.
Previously, a number of media reported that 17 Ukrainian citizens were detained upon arrival in the airport of Athens. They came from Kyiv. Later, they were brought to a police station in the airport and took them to cells. People spent a night there, and they're still there.