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Erdogan threatens to refuse EU migrant deal
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Ankara has reminded the EU of its obligations according to the agreement. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara is to refuse to implement the agreement with the EU on the return of migrants from Europe to Turkey in case Brussels does not fulfill its obligations, the Turkish news source Hurriyet Daily reported.

"Readmission (the process of returning the migrants from Greece to Turkey according to a deal with the EU) is a process that has certain conditions. If the European Union doesn’t fulfill its obligations, Turkey won’t implement the agreement," Erdogan noted, speaking to police officers.

On March 18, Ankara and Brussels agreed that all the illegal immigrants caught in Greece through the Eastern Mediterranean route are to be sent back to Turkey. Consequently, the EU took all the expenses upon itself in order to return the refugees back and place them in Turkish camps.

According to the deal, Turkey is to get additional three billion euros and thus, by 2019, the total volume of the financial aid for the country will be six billion euros.

Furthermore, they should renew negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU, which were suspended upon an initiative of France in 2007.

On March 28, some media reported that in spite of closure of the so-called Balkan route, refugees had found an alternative route to Europe.

On March 30, they reported that refugees could no longer choose the EU country where they’d like to move.

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