Ankara slams Greece on EU-Turkey refugee-deal letter

Ankara slams Greece on EU-Turkey refugee-deal letter

ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
Ankara slams Greece on EU-Turkey refugee-deal letter

Turkey blasted Greece’s prime minister on April 3 after he sent a letter to European leaders urging a reduction in financial support to Ankara amid a refugee crisis.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement that Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent letters to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron that proposed giving financial support to Turkey in direct proportion to a reduction of refugees to Europe.

“Greece's inhuman and embarrassing treatment of the refugees who came to its doorstep before the eyes of the whole world is still in memory," according to the statement.

The ministry described Greece's financial support suggestion as "extremely distorted and immoral."Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said Ankara has spent $40 billion on 4 million asylum seekers.

A 2016 deal between Turkey and the EU was reached to stop irregular refugee flows and improve the conditions of Syrian refugees in Turkey.

The EU pledged 6 billion Euros ($6.5 billion) in aid for refugees but has transferred less than half of that, according to Turkey.

According to Ankara, the EU also backed away from political commitments as part of the deal, including visa liberalization for Turkish citizens traveling to Europe, opening new chapters for Turkey joining the Union accession process and negotiations on upgrading the EU-Turkey Customs Union.