Erdoğan: "millions of refugees" will soon be moving towards Turkey's borders with the EU

Turkey refugees

Turkey refugees

Russia's Defence Ministry has stated that Turkey is trying to push more than 130,000 refugees from Syria into Greece.

According to the statement which was made to Interfax news agency, two thirds of the refugees that Turkey is pushing from temporary camps in Syria are Afghans, Iraqis and Africans, not Syrians.

Russian politician Aleksey Zhuravlyov further added that some 385,000 people were forced to flee their homes in northern Syria due to the Turkish invasion of Kurdish regions. "As a result of the Turkish occupation of the Afrin zone, up to 250,000 residents, mainly Kurds, were forced to leave this territory. And during the Turkish operation Peace Spring, up to 135,000 people were forced to leave territories where they traditionally reside."

Earlier this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that "millions of refugees" will soon be moving towards Turkey's borders with the EU, adding that the West must share the responsibility for refugees.

Greece has strengthened its security on the border by deploying riot police who  have been using tear gas and stun grenades to push back the large crowds of migrants attempting to illegally cross into the country.

Yesterday, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) announced that it will launch a rapid border intervention (RABIT) to assist Greece in dealing with the large numbers of migrants at its external borders.