February 26, 2016 / 10:25 AM / a year ago

Greece snubs Austrian minister's request to visit Athens

Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner addresses a news conference in Vienna, Austria, November 12, 2015.Heinz-Peter Bader

ATHENS (Reuters) - Athens turned down a request by Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner to visit Greece next week amid a row between the two EU members over Vienna's moves to restrict the flow of refugees, a Greek Foreign Ministry official said.

Greece on Thursday recalled its ambassador to Austria in anger over the border closures and has threatened to block European Union decision-making unless the bloc comes up with concerted action to deal with the migrant crisis.

Reporting by George Georgiopoulos; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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