Greece hopes that EU and Ankara talks will help sooth the border tensions since Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, pronounced he had “opened the doors” to Europe for refugees and migrants, the Guardian provided details on Monday.
The border crisis led the Greek police to fire tear gas at refugees as they were trying to cross the border for which Ankara and Athens both blame each other for using the migrants for their political interests.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are set to have a teleconference with Turkish President Recep Erdoğan on Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is hopeful that it would be a chance to finally “set the record straight,” stated in an interview with the Guardian.
Turkey broke a 2016 deal and announced the opening of the borders for migrants to go to Europe but the move made tens of thousands of emigrants to gather at Greece’s eastern border.
The Greek president called his Turkish partner’s threat of “releasing” migrants on Europe as an unacceptable move. However, he included that the modification of a multi-billion migration deal that was as of late discarded by Erdoğan may be the ideal method for guaranteeing related emergencies don’t repeat.
As per the 2016 agreement, the EU guaranteed allocation of €3 billion in help to Turkey to support migrants. The deal likewise included visa limitations applied to Turkish residents when making a trip to Europe as of June 2016.
As per the Guardian, Mitsotakis stated, “I think, eventually, Turkey will have to accept the fact that there is a win-win solution proceeding forward, that we need to go back to the 2016 deal and revise it; in certain aspects.”
The EU-Turkey deal struck at the climax of the Syrian war aiming to check the entrance of refugees. “But, that is not going to occur under conditions of blackmail,” Mitsotakis added.
Eighteen days have passed since Erdoğan declared that refugees would be free to go to Europe, adding he had loosened border checks because Brussels had failed to maintain its role in the deal. Overnight, about 35,000 people gathered the northern-western frontier, where the country shares its borders with Greece.
The Guardian quoted Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis as saying, “Since things have calmed down at the Greece-Turkish borders, this is an ideal opportunity to put any misinformation to rest and ensure that what has happened won’t occur once more.”
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