Turkey cannot handle a fresh migrant wave from Syria, said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan late Sunday and warned the international community once again about the humanitarian disaster in northwestern Idlib.
The president’s statements came amid intensified attacks by the Assad regime and Russia on the de-escalation zone.
“More than 80,000 migrants fleeing the bombings from Idlib have started to migrate toward the Turkish border. In such a case, Turkey will not bear alone the burden of this migration alone," Erdoğan said, speaking at an event at Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul.
Erdoğan also warned that European nations will feel the impact of the influx if the violence in the de-escalation zone continues.
"The negative effects of this pressure on us will be an issue felt by all European countries, especially Greece," he warned. He said Europe would inevitably see conditions like the 2015 migrant crisis unless it helped stop violence in the region.
The bloc is wary of any recurrence of the 2015 crisis that sowed bitter divisions among EU states, strained social and security services and fueled support for populist, anti-immigration, euroskeptic and far-right parties.
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