Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has instructed his country’s coastguard to stop migrant boats in the Aegean, according to state media. The “news from the president” no longer gives permission to cross the Aegean, the state news agency Anadolu quoted the coast guard late Friday evening. As a reason, she referred to the risks of the “dangerous” crossing.
Erdogan is expected to hold talks on the refugee dispute with the EU in Brussels on Monday, according to Welt. The Turkish President opened the EU’s borders last week after the situation in the northern Syrian province of Idlib escalated. This caused a strong influx of refugees on the Turkish-Greek border and created new tensions between Ankara and Brussels.
As a spokeswoman for the federal government announced on Friday evening, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) phoned Erdogan in the afternoon. It was also about the situation on the Turkish-Greek border.
The EU and Turkey signed a refugee agreement in March 2016 after hundreds of thousands of refugees came to Central Europe via the Balkans route in 2015. Ankara undertook to take back all refugees arriving in the Greek Aegean Islands and to take action against gangs of smugglers. In return, the EU promised Turkey billions in aid, accelerated visa facilitation and the modernization of the customs union.
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