Turkey-EU: Erdogan meets EU delegation in Brussels
Turkish President Erdogan is expected in Brussels to meet a delegation from the European Union and discuss the refugee crisis on the border between Greece and Turkey.
Erdogan is expected to hold talks with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and with the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
The main issues to be addressed are “migration, security, stability in the region and the crisis in Syria,” said Michel’s spokesman Barend Leyts on Twitter.
On Sunday, Erdogan asked Greece to “open the borders” after the Athens started using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the refugee crowd .
“I hope to return from Belgium with different results,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.
On Monday morning, Germany revealed that the European Union is considering the idea of welcoming about 1,500 minor asylum seekers, currently housed in refugee camps in Greece.
“A humanitarian solution will be negotiated at European level to identify” a coalition of willing people “to welcome these children,” reads a statement from Berlin.
On March 6, Erdogan and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, had a telephone conversation to discuss the migration crisis and recent developments in the Syrian province of Idlib.
During the call, the Turkish president stressed that with the ceasefire agreement reached between Turkey and Russia on March 5, the protection of innocent civilians and the safety of Turkish soldiers have been ensured for the time being.
Erdogan also stressed that his troops are located in Syria to guarantee peace.
During the discussion, the president of Ankara then “mentioned the difficult humanitarian situation” on Turkey’s land border with Greece and denounced Athens’ decision to push migrants back by force. This, according to Erdogan, must be considered “a violation of international law and the values of the EU foundation agreement”.
Finally, stressed the need to review the agreements between Turkey and the EU on migration. The German Chancellor’s reply is unknown.