Top EU official in Turkey to debate Belarus migration disaster

A European Union chief is in Turkey to deal with the disaster on the Belarus-Poland border. 

European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas arrived in Ankara yesterday, and continued holding meets right this moment. The European Commission is the EU’s govt physique. Schinas known as migration a “joint priority” following a gathering with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. 

“In focus: halting the abuse of migrants by smuggling networks and the blatant instrumentalisation of people  – a shared objective of the EU and Turkey,” Schinas tweeted Thursday. 

Cavusoglu added that the 2 mentioned migration in Belarus particularly, in accordance a tweet. 

Thousands of migrants, many from the Middle East, are caught on the Belarus-Poland border. They have been in a position to receive permission to enter Belarus comparatively simply, however have been rejected by Polish border authorities. They need to enter Poland to allow them to be within the EU, which Belarus shouldn’t be a member of. The EU has accused Belarus of pushing the migrants to their territory in retaliation for EU sanctions, although Belarus has denied this. 

A very excessive variety of Kurds, Yazidis and others from Iraq have made the journey. Around 400 subsequently returned home from the freezing border on a repatriation flight yesterday. 

Schinas moreover mentioned “stronger migration and security cooperation” with Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu right this moment, additionally in accordance with Schinas’ Twitter. He was additionally scheduled to fulfill with Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, Turkey’s official Anadolu Agency reported

It is unclear what motion, if any, will come out of the EU-Turkey conferences on the difficulty. The EU slapped new sanctions on Belarus earlier this week in response to the border disaster.

Turkey has additionally been implicated within the disaster. Last week, Turkish Airlines denied it was fueling the disaster. Some of the migrants have flown to Belarus through Turkey’s flagship airline. Turkish Airlines subsequently restricted flights to the Belarusian capital Minsk. 

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