SOFIA The European Union is determined to stick to a offer with Turkey to stem the circulation of undocumented migrants into the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk claimed on Tuesday.
Tusk, who achieved Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev, welcomed Sofia’s initiatives to strengthen safety on its southeastern border with Turkey to prevent migrants from crossing. He claimed Brussels would deliver extra financing if the problem worsened.
“We are determined to continue to keep routes of unlawful migration in this area closed,” Tusk explained to reporters. “We stay committed to the total implementation of the EU-Turkey statement.
“The EU is honoring its commitments, just like we expect Turkey to proceed preserving its aspect of the offer.”
The EU-Ankara settlement arrived into power in March 2016 right after much more than a million refugees and migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and past attained Europe in 2015, quite a few crossing to Greek islands from Turkey.
“Ought to even further challenges crop up on Bulgaria’s borders, the EU has by now planned emergency funding, and stands all set to respond quickly in assist of Bulgaria,” Tusk claimed.
Turkey has claimed it could terminate the migrant readmission settlement, less than which it usually takes again individuals who enter Greece by irregular routes. It was angered right after numerous EU states prevented Turkish politicians from keeping rallies to drum up assist for designs to give President Tayyip Erdogan new powers in a referendum.
Bulgaria, the EU’s poorest member, expressed concern about a attainable new migrant influx presented that Turkey-EU tensions are working large.
“It is incredibly crucial for us to create good neighborly relations with Turkey,” Radev claimed. “At the identical time, mounting tensions among the EU and Turkey generate the best possibility for Bulgaria.”
(Reporting by Angel Krasimirov Editing by Radu Marinas and Andrew Bolton)