Turkish presidente Erdoğan

Erdoğan to the EU: ”Turkey will not take care of refugees for another 9 years”

“Turkey has fulfilled all its responsibilities with Syrian refugees, but the EU applies double standards. We have already spent $ 40 billion on refugees,” Erdoğan denounced.

Despite what Europeans may say, Turkey will not continue to deal with millions of Syrian refugees for another 9 years as it has done so far, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan again warned on Monday during a joint press conference with Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, where he is on an official visit.

“Europeans think that Turkey will continue to take care of refugees for another nine years. Such a thing will not happen,” Erdoğan stressed to reporters covering the press conference. “Turkey has fulfilled all its responsibilities with regard to Syrian refugees. But the EU has not complied with the declaration of March 18th and continues to apply double standards,” said the Turkish president, very critical of European countries.

We have already spent 40,000 million dollars on refugees to date. We demand that the EU take its share of the burden. We do not even want the 1,000 million euros (promised by the European Union),” said the Turkish president in a harder tone than ever with the EU countries

Bulgaria supports Turkey and asks the EU to comply with the agreements with Ankara

For his part, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, a country bordering on Turkey but which has hardly been affected by the new wave of refugees leaving Turkey towards Europe, surprisingly supported the Turkish president in his anger with the EU.

“Honestly, I cannot understand why the EU has not provided the financial aid it promised (to Turkey). The crisis can only be resolved with common sense and in compliance with the points of the agreement (between Turkey and the EU). One of the basic principles of the EU, is to share the burden,” said Borisov.

Erdoğan also wanted to denounce the conditions that refugees who are crowding in the border with Greece are facing, remembering how the EU demanded years ago to Turkey to open its borders to the hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians who came to its territory.

“The refugees are in an inhuman situation on the Greek border”

The refugees are in an inhuman situation on the Greek border. I hope that the EU authorities will witness this fact when they inspect the site. According to international law, you cannot hold a person in a country against his or her will. Those who want to leave can leave, and Europe has no other option: it has to let the refugees in,” Erdoğan said, accusing Greece of “not respecting” the law.

“If hundreds of thousands of civilians are at the gates of Europe, it is for a reason. The EU does not keep its promises. The fact that two Greek civilians were killed today (on the border) and another civilian was wounded, has worsened the situation very much,” he lamented.

Merkel now asks to create a safe zone for refugees in Syria

On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urgently called for a ceasefire in the Syrian province of Idlib as well as the creation of a safe area for refugees in that border territory with Turkey.

“We need a ceasefire in Idlib. We also need to create a safe zone for hundreds of thousands of Syrians who are now on the Turkish border,” Merkel said. These words come after the warnings made in recent days by Erdoğan to the EU, ensuring that it is too late to negotiate and that, no matter what the EU says, “Turkey will no longer close its doors to refugees who want to go to Europe”.