Erdogan warns Europe about new refugee crisis

If the violence in Idlib province is not stopped, Turkey can not handle the large flygtningepres, says Erdogan. Turkey can not handle even a big wave of syria

Erdogan warns Europe about new refugee crisis

If the violence in Idlib province is not stopped, Turkey can not handle the large flygtningepres, says Erdogan.

Turkey can not handle even a big wave of syrian refugees, says the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Sunday in a speech.

If the violence in the north-west of Syria is not stopped, it can result in a new refugee crisis as 2015, and it will the european countries, notice, warn Erdogan.

Erdogan said in his speech on Sunday night that over 80,000 syrians right now are on the way from Idlib to Turkey.

"If the violence against the Idlibs population does not stop, will this number increase further. In such a case, Turkey will not carry such a migrantbyrde alone," says the Turkish president.

"The negative consequence of the pressure that we will be exposed to, is something that all the european nations, particularly Greece, will also suffer," says Erdogan.

today it houses Turkey around 3.7 million syrian refugees. It is more refugees than any other country in the world.

Turkey's president has several times in the past threatened to "open the gates" and allow the refugees to travel to Europe, if Turkey does not get more help to take the deal with the refugee crisis in the country.

the Violence in Idlib province, raising fears that a new and big wave of syrian refugees will seek safety in Turkey.

living about three million residents in the Idlib province, where the last major rebel-controlled areas.

Syrian government forces, with the help of Russian fighter jets stepped up bombing of rebel-held areas in Idlib. It has already scored tens of thousands of syrians to set the course towards Turkey.

At a big flygtningekonference in the swiss city of Geneva earlier in the week promised more countries to donate a total of three billion u.s. dollars (more than 22 billion dollars) to help the refugees. They also promised to take 50,000 of them.

According to Erdogan, who also participated in the conference, it is far from sufficient.

He says in his talk on Sunday that Turkey will do everything to stop Russia's bombing in Idlib province.

A Turkish delegation to travel Monday to the Russian capital, Moscow, to discuss developments in Syria, he adds.

/ritzau/Reuters

Updated Date: 23 December 2019, 00:00

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