EU Chief holds Erdogan

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has strengthened Greece in securing the border against the onslaught of migrants demonstratively the back. "Those

EU Chief holds Erdogan

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has strengthened Greece in securing the border against the onslaught of migrants demonstratively the back. "Those who want to make the Unity of Europe to the test, will be disappointed," she said on Tuesday, with a view to the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "We will keep the position and agreed to stay," said the President of the Commission, at the joint border visit with the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The Greek army and the riot police on the border with Turkey remained on high alert. The influx of migrants had declined compared to the previous days, both on Land and on sea, it was called.

Von der Leyen said Greece, the solidarity of the EU members. "Our first priority is to protect the external borders." The EU border protection Agency Frontex is ready for use and several coastal'm going to boats for protection, a plane, and hundreds of border guards to the Greek border. In addition, the EU will contribute € 700 million in financial assistance. At the same time, von der Leyen said that she had compassion for the migrants, who had been lured with false promises in a desperate situation. The Turkish President had announced the Opening of the border with the EU, prompting thousands of refugees assumptions, the road to Europe is free.

EU Council President Charles Michel urged the Turkey, the refugee to comply with the agreement with the EU. Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called for a tougher approach. "If the Deal is not met, then the EU will make pressure," he said in Vienna. He pointed out that Turkey is economically dependent on the EU. "If we now give in to the Turkish pressure, when now President Erdogan is the winner, will decide whether the ten storms, thousands of people, the European Union or not." A Situation like in the refugee crisis in 2015 cannot be repeated under any circumstances.

UN high Commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi called on the European States to support Greece stronger. "Greece is an EU member state, the first source of aid, the EU is, therefore," he said in Geneva. The European heads of state and government are currently trying to prevent a refugee crisis as in the years 2015 and 2016. At that time, more than a Million migrants via Turkey, Greece and the Balkans in the EU, which splits the community up to today flocked.

At the border, the situation was calmer than on previous days. "Today, there were only a few Attempts (of migrants to cross the border). I hope you get the message," said a soldier near the Transition Kastanies. With all-terrain vehicles in the army fleet patrols. The roads to the border river Evros were locked. Also over the Aegean sea, less and less migrants arrived, according to police information, because the sea was rough. On Monday, nearly 300 people from the nearby Turkish coast were added to transferred to the Greek Islands. On Land, around 10,000 migrants try to cross the border, since Turkey said on Thursday that it will not comply with a refugee agreement with the EU from the year 2016, and longer.

Turkey has recorded more than 3.7 million Syrian refugees, and declared that she could not offer even more people a refuge. Because of fierce fighting in Idlib in the Syrian province near the Turkish border, about a Million other people are on the run.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in the contested area. According to the Russian Agency RIA, the situation in Syria. Both had expressed the hope that a Meeting of Putin could bring with Erdogan on Thursday a solution. In Idlib Turkish troops and the Russian-backed Syrian army are. The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country will not stop fight against "terrorists" in Idlib, just to solve the European refugee problem.

The United States said that they tested a Turkey's request for the stationing of American anti-aircraft batteries. Turkey had upset the Nato Partner most recently by had procured Russian S400 air defense systems. (cpm/reuters)

Created: 03.03.2020, 16:54 PM

Updated Date: 03 March 2020, 16:01



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