EU-Turkey tensions: Erdogan threatens to let refugees flee to Europe

14:47 Nov. 25, 2016

Erdogan threatens to let refugees flee to Europe

Syrian refugees passing on the Syrian side of the border crossing Akcakale, on June 15, 2015 in Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey (GettyImages Photo)

Ankara says it will open its borders if EU ‘goes further' on freezing Turkey accession talks

Turkey will open its borders and let the refugees flee to Europe if the EU ‘goes any further', Turkish President Erdogan said Friday, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

Erdogan's statement arrived after the European Commission voted in favor of a non-binding resolution to freeze talks on Turkey's accession to the EU until Ankara ‘halts repression', started after the failed coup attempt.

Read also: Turkey's EU membership ‘topic for period after Erdogan' – European Commissioner

The resolution angered Turkey, which has been pushing for the membership in the European Union and visa liberalization.

‘You did not keep your promise. When 50,000 refugees turned up at the Kapikule [border gate] you cried out and began to say ‘What will we do when Turkey opens the border gates. Look, if you go further, those border gates will be opened. You should know that', Erdogan said.

Read also: FM Cavusoglu claims Europe 'humiliates' Turkey

In recent years Europe has seen hundreds of thousands refugees s, fleeing from war in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Some of those, trying to get to the EU drowned while crossing the sea between regions.

 ‘You never treated humanity honestly and you did not look after people fairly. You did not pick up babies when they washed ashore on the Mediterranean. We are the ones who are feeding around 3.5 million refugees in this country'he added. 

Turkey has been holding the refugees off as part of the deal with the EU, struck in early 2016. 

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