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13.03.2017 - 18: 48

Turkish minister urged to review the agreement with the EU about migrants

The Turkish authorities should partially revise the agreement with the European Union on the admission of migrants, the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Omer Celik.

According to him, the authorities should review the regulations governing the movement of refugees in Turkey and the European Union. In addition, the Minister urged to prevent migrants crossing the Aegean Sea, as it has already led to hundreds of victims.

In March last year, the Turkish authorities and the heads of the member states of the European Union governments agreed on a plan aimed at resolving the crisis of migration in Europe.

Ankara agreed to accept migrants in exchange for financial assistance from the EU and the introduction of a visa-free regime with EU countries for Turkish citizens.

However, real progress on the issue of Turkey's visa-free regime with the EU has not followed. Against this background, in May last year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to block an agreement with the European Union.

In December, Erdogan said that Turkey is ready to become a full member of the EU, and in March the EU-Turkey relations worsened again: Ankara has accused Germany and the Netherlands to Nazism after the authorities of these countries have banned a Turkish rallies.

A source: BBC Russian Service

Tags: Turkey, the European Union, Politics, Migration