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Migrant crisis. European officials to visit Greece’s border with Turkey

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Migrant crisis. European officials to visit Greece’s border with Turkey

The top official of the EU’s institutions – its executive, parliament, and Council – are planning to visit Greece’s border with Turkey in support for Athens as it confronts a building migration crisis, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a press conference in Bruxelles on Monday. Reported al-Arabiya. Von der Leyen, Council President Charles Michel and European Parliament President David Sassoli will accompany Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the frontier on Tuesday. Athens has suspended asylum procedures to prevent thousands of migrants crossing its border from Turkey, whose Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facilitating the flow to pressure the EU to support him as his forces escalate combat in Syria.

Erdogan warned that millions of migrants and refugees will go to Europe, while the European side expects Turkey to honour its agreement to prevent migrants from reaching EU countries. Last week AFP reported after Turkey opened its doors to migrants to leave its lands towards Europe, hundreds of thousands have crossed over. The number will soon reach millions.

Erdogan told today to media, although reports released by Greek border guards have mentioned much less numbers so far. Erdogan is trying to use the migrant issue to intensify his pressure on Western countries to address his position on the Syrian and Libyan conflict. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokeswoman said Berlin expects Turkey to honour its agreement with Brussels on preventing migrants from reaching Greece and Italy. “We are convinced of the value of the agreement and plan to honour it,” Stephen Seibert told reporters in Berlin, adding that if Ankara is not satisfied with the agreement, it should be addressed through talks in the EU good offices.

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