Syrian war: Europe is reduced to the entry of Syrian refugees into Turkey.
Turkey has warned that if Syria does not receive further international support to create a safe zone for Syrian refugees in northern Syria, it can re-open the route for Syrian refugees to enter Europe.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for ‘logistical support’ to create a safe zone in northeast Syria. “Either this happens or we will be forced to open European gates for Syrian refugees,” he said.
Speaking in Ankara, President Erdogan said, “Our goal is to send at least a million of our Syrian brothers back to the protected region that we will build along our 450 km long border.”
“Provide us with logistic support and we can build houses within 30 km of northern Syria,” he said.
Turkey is hosting more than 3.6 million Syrian citizens who have emigrated from the civil war in Syria. The United States has supported the ‘safe zone’ plan. But the plan is controversial because Syrian Kurdish forces are reluctant to move many residents from Turkey to the northeast of Syria, which does not actually belong to the region.
The Kurdish People’s Protection Units, an ethnic group (YPG) that Turkey sees as a terrorist group, does not want Turkish forces to enter the area.
The US military supported the YPG against the militants of the so-called extremist Islamist (IS) militants. The influence of the so-called extremist Islamist group in Syria is now greatly limited.
Exit from the heart
Turkey wants US forces to patrol in a joint-made safe zone. President Erdogan said that Turkey was determined to establish it by the last week of September.
Turkish authorities also fear that heavy fighting in the northwestern province of Idlib may push more refugees to Turkey. With Russian aircraft, Syrian government forces are targeting rebel and jihadist forces in Aleppo. Turkey supports some of the rebel groups there.
Thousands of citizens have already migrated from the northern regions of Idlib to the Turkish border.
Under the 2016 agreement with the European Union, Turkey implemented strong systems to block migrants and asylum seekers from traveling to Europe. Under the deal, the EU pledges to provide Turkey 6 billion euros in aid for Syrian refugees.
President Erdo ۔an complained that only 3 billion euros have been paid so far, although earlier EU Commission spokesman Natasha Berthoud said 5.6 billion euros had been provided.
Pressure on Greece once again
The 2016 agreement between the European Union and Turkey helped reduce the crisis created by the entry of Syrian refugees to Greek islands near Turkey.
However, the situation is still tense in a migrant camp on the island of Moria in the island of Lesbos. Young immigrants also clashed with Greek police on Wednesday.
Madison’s Sons Frontiers (MSF) support group says about 24,000 people seeking protection in Europe are now ‘trapped on Greek islands in a dire situation’.
MSF says that since 2016, the number of asylum seekers arriving on these islands has not been seen as much as now, and according to this support group, medical MSM established by Lesbos The center has more than 100 children suffering from complex or chronic medical ailments.