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Turkey accuses EU of hypocrisy amid migration crisis

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Ankara considers the statement of the EU foreign ministers hypocritical, which notes the inadmissibility of using migrants as an instrument of political pressure, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

After aggravation of the situation in Syrian Idlib, Turkey stated that it would no longer be able to restrain the flows of migrants and refugees, and opened its borders with the EU, after which thousands of migrants flocked to Greece. On the border there are hundreds of police officers, Greek army units are pulled together.

The EU Foreign Ministers in a statement following an extraordinary meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Zagreb on Friday again called on Turkey to fully comply with its obligations under the 2016 migration agreement with the European Union and emphasized the inadmissibility of using migrants as an instrument of political pressure.

“The EU still cannot recognize the extreme burden and efforts that our country faces in matters of migration. The accusation that the country with the largest number of refugees in the world uses the problem of migration for political purposes is new evidence of a hypocritical approach that we’ve been exposed to for many years,” the statement said.

According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the EU contradicts its own principles and values, supporting Greece, which violates international law and human rights, preventing the movement of refugees across its border contrary to the 1951 Geneva Convention and EU law.

“Instead of calls for Turkey, the EU must fulfill its promises under the migration agreement with Turkey of March 18, 2016,” the document says.

In mid-March 2016, the EU agreed with Turkey a joint plan to combat the migration crisis. It provides, in particular, the provision of financial assistance to Ankara to receive refugees, the return to Turkey of all illegal immigrants who arrived in Greece from Turkish territory, and the reception by the EU of legal Syrian migrants from Turkey on a one-by-one basis. Turkey previously stated that the EU is not implementing the agreement.

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