Greece’s new conservative Prime Minister has warned Turkey’s Erdogan against threatening Europe with a new wave of migrants after the Turkish Prime Minister threatened last week to “open the gates” and let millions of migrants flood into Europe.
Erdogan’s words were spoken amid rising tensions between Turkey and the United States over delays in the creation of a safe zone in Syria.
“Our goal is for at least one million of our Syrian brothers to return to the safe zone we will form along our 450 km border,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara last Thursday. The Turkish Prime Minister called on European government to provide ‘logistical support and we can go build housing at 30 km (20 miles) depth in northern Syria’.
Erdogan then warned, “This either happens or otherwise we will have to open the gates.”
Turkey alleges that it has spent $35 billion on hosting about four million Syrian refugees under its current deal with the EU.