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Erdogan threatens EU with opening border to millions of refugees

Erdogan has warned the European Union that Ankara will allow millions of refugees to make their way toward Europe if the bloc keeps criticizing Turkey’s military operation in northeast Syria.

“Hey EU, wake up. I say it again: if you try to frame our operation there as an invasion, our task is simple: we will open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants to you,” Erdogan said during a meeting with provincial heads of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party on Thursday.

The refugees are the result of an eight-year conflict in Syria, which both Turkey and the EU have helped to flare on.  

Back in 2016, the EU and Turkey reached an agreement, under which Ankara agreed to prevent refugees from leaving towards Europe in exchange for six billion euros and visa-free travel for Turkish citizens.

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