The Syrian refugee crisis went nearer to European Union’s doorstep Saturday following Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated he’d open his boundaries.
At a televised address less 48-hours following at 33 Turkish soldiers had been killed in an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,” Erdogan said: “We won’t shut these doors at the upcoming period, which will last,” according to the Reuters press agency.
He included. “The European Union should maintain its promises. We do not need to look after the many refugees, to nourish them.”
Almost instantly, convoys of individuals started heading into the Greek sea and land borders.
Live pictures in Greece’s Skai TV on the Turkish side of this northern land boundary at Kastanies revealed Greek riot police firing teargas rounds at teams of migrants that had been hurling stones and yelling obscenities.
The Greek government reiterated its promise to keep migrants out along with the nation’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted: “I need to be clear: no more illegal entrances into Greece is going to be tolerated. We’re raising our border security.”
At another tweet, he added: “Greece doesn’t take any responsibility for the dreadful events in Syria and won’t endure the effects of decisions taken by other people.”
I would like to be clear: no more illegal entrances into Greece is going to be tolerated. We’re raising our border security.
Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas afterward told reporters that police had thwarted 4,000 individuals trying to cross its boundaries.
Turkey has since claimed that the E.U. hasn’t held up its end of the deal concerning aid assistance.
“We’re telling the entire world community,’ give us a helping hand’ and no one is,” Ilbur Çevik,” Erdogan’s main adviser informed the BBC on Saturday.
While it’s opened it has boundaries on one side of the nation, it’s been beefing up its forces on the border with Syria.
A recent progress by Syrian forces to the northwestern state of Idlib, the nation’s last rebel stronghold, has pushed almost 950,000 displaced civilians towards the Turkish border amid chilly winter weather.
President Assad’s forces have fought Turkish-backed fighters at the northwestern state of Idlib for decades, however Damascus and Ankara, but lately they’ve been directly targeting one another’s troops.
Fahrettin Altun,” Erdogan’s manager of communications, included they had consented to meet”when you can.”