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Publish Date : Saturday 18 March 2017 - 09:27
Turkey threatens EU with Sending 15k Refugees in Month to ‘Blow Its Mind’
Turkey threatens EU with Sending 15k Refugees in Month to ‘Blow Its Mind’
Islam Times - Turkey’s interior minister threatened on Tuesday to open borders says and send 15,000 refugees a month to Europe, to “blow its mind.”
Hurriyet cited Süleyman Soylu as saying “I’m telling you, Europe, do you have that courage? If you want, we could open the way for 15,000 refugees that we don’t send each month and blow your mind.”
The minister was referring to a deal between the EU and Ankara, under which Turkey agreed to help stop the flow of refugees across its border and take back migrants rejected for asylum in Europe.
Ankara agreed to the deal in exchange for billions in refugee assistance from the EU and accelerated talks on becoming a member of the bloc.
Europe's hesitation to fulfill its side of the refugee deal has led to Ankara threatening to pull out of the agreement numerous times. However, a German government spokesman said on Friday that there are no signs that the refugee deal has been suspended, Reuters reported.
Turkey has also been particularly vocal against the Netherlands in recent days, after Dutch authorities banned ministers from addressing a rally in Rotterdam and dispersed hundreds of protests outside the Turkish consulate on Sunday.
Erdogan has made his distaste for the country well known since then, accusing it of acting like “Nazi remnants,” state terrorism, and having a “rotten” character.
Ankara has also imposed diplomatic sanctions on the Netherlands, suspending high-level talks and barring the Dutch ambassador from returning to Turkey.
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