Erdogan has threatened the EU refusal to deal on migrants


The Turkish government will refuse from the further implementation of the Association agreement with the EU on the readmission of migrants from Europe to Turkey, if the EU fails to fulfil its obligations. This was stated by the President of Recap Tayyip Erdogan, speaking to police in Ankara, according to Hurriyet.

“Readmission [the process of returning from Greece to Turkey of migrants on the EU deal] is a process that has its own specific conditions. If the European Union will not meet its obligations, Turkey will not implement [immigration] agreement,” said Erdogan.

The agreement on return of illegal migrants was reached on March 18. It’s all illegal migrants, who moved to Greece in the so-called “Eastern Mediterranean route”, March 20, will be sent back to Turkey. The cost of returning the people and their placement in camps in Turkey assumes the EU.

For agreeing to accept migrants from the EU, Turkey must receive additional funding of €3 billion, and thus the total amount of financial assistance to the country by 2019 will amount to €6 billion in addition, reached agreement in March to be resumed the negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the EU, which were suspended on the initiative of France in 2007.

In General, the plan of return of illegal migrants back to Turkey was agreed at an emergency meeting of the leaders of the EU countries with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu March 7. However, many European politicians have opposed Turkey’s requirements, and final approval of the plan was moved to the summit of the European Council on 17-18 March.

After the first day of the summit, the source EUobserver reported that the parties are unable to agree on the four most sensitive issues: on the legal status of the transaction, the date of commencement of its operation, allocating an extra €3 billion and the resumption of negotiations on accession to the EU. Against the resumption of negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the EU and, in particular, played primarily in Cyprus. Among politicians for completion of the transaction was supported by the head of the European Council Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, noted the publication EurActiv.

A supporter of the deal were German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She called the agreement a “first real chance” to stop the migration wave. According to the migration service of the EU Frontex, for the entire 2015 year on the “Eastern Mediterranean route” moved to Europe 885 thousand illegal migrants and nearly 69 thousand in January 2016.