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Bulgaria’s Premier Says Erdogan Wouldn’t Talk Refugees with Greek PM Mitsotakis

March 4, 2020

SOFIA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to have any negotiations with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis before opening Turkey’s borders to let thousands more refugees and migrants get into Greece, Bulgarian Premier Boyko Borissov reportedly said.

According to Euractiv website, Borissov said that he had planned to organize a meeting in Sofia with Erdogan, Mitsotakis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic of Croatia which holds the rotating Presidency of the EU Council.

“(Erdogan) was ready to come to Sofia … but his unwillingness to sit at a table with his colleague Mitsotakis cooled my desire to hold this meeting,”  Borissov was quoted as saying.

The report added that Erdogan assured the Bulgarian leader that “Ankara would honor its commitment not to allow migration pressure on Bulgaria.”

Erdogan warned that “millions” of people would soon head toward Europe, after dozens of Turkish soldiers were killed in an area of northern Syria Turkey had invaded, setting off a likely scenario in which more Syrians would head for Turkey to flee civil war.

Greece’s major opposition and former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA said Mitsotakis was soft on Erdogan, claiming it led to a worsening of the refugee and migrant crisis after New Democracy blamed the Leftists for an open door policy when it was in power and the crisis began, flooding Greek islands and the mainland, with 100,000 still in camps and centers.

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