Turkish, Polish foreign ministers discuss migrant crisis at Belarus border

Turkish, Polish foreign ministers discuss migrant crisis at Belarus border

Turkish, Polish foreign ministers discuss migrant crisis at Belarus border

In a phone call on Nov. 10, Turkish and Polish foreign ministers discussed the migrant crisis at the Poland-Belarus border.

According to Turkish diplomatic sources, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told Zbigniew Rau that Turkey is tried to be shown as a part of the problem despite not being a party to it.

Çavuşoğlu expressed his regret over “baseless allegations against Turkey and Turkish Airlines” and added that Ankara rejects those allegations.

On Tuesday, the Turkish flag carrier rebuffed claims that Turkish Airlines was flying migrants to Belarus amid a migrant crisis there.

Denying "baseless" claims, the airliner said Turkish Airlines flights to Belarus are in no way aiding in illegal immigration traffic.

The Turkish foreign minister also reminded his counterpart that the public should be informed properly about these allegations and he invited technical teams from Poland to come to Turkey.

Poland and the EU have accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of trying to retaliate against EU sanctions by deliberately inviting and forcing migrants toward the Polish border.

EU accuses Belarus of 'trafficking' migrants toward border
EU accuses Belarus of trafficking migrants toward border

EU countries bordering Belarus – Lithuania, Latvia and Poland – have reported a dramatic spike in the number of irregular crossings since August.

NATO and the EU consider Belarus’ approach toward migrants an effort to destabilize and undermine security in the bloc through non-military means.

According to the latest EU figures, 7,935 people tried to enter the bloc via the Belarus-EU border so far this year, up sharply from just 150 last year.

On Monday, Polish authorities stepped up border protection and mobilized more than 12,000 troops after a large group of migrants started marching toward the country’s frontier with Belarus accompanied by the Belarusian military.

Turkey ratifies grant agreement on key refugee health care project with EU

Turkey on Thursday ratified a grant agreement on a major refugee health care project signed with the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and the Delegation to Turkey of the European Union, based in the capital

The agreement on the project was signed in Ankara on Sept. 28.

The project, titled Strengthening Healthcare Infrastructure for All, includes the construction and renovation of a number of migrant health centers, the renovation of physiotherapy and rehabilitation units in public hospitals, as well as the purchase of medical equipment and supplies.

The completion date for the agreement is expected by May 30, 2024 and includes over 79.3 million euros ($91 million).