Turkey slams Greece on the "extremely immoral" money for less refugees scheme

Hami Aksoy

Hami Aksoy

Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy criticised a letter Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent to European leaders that proposed more funds in return of fewer refugees from Turkey to Europe.

Aksoy said that the letters Mitsotakis sent to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was “a product of an extremely immoral, warped mindset.”

In the letter sent earlier this week, Mitsotakis had called the European Union to establish a financial mechanism for Turkey that would offer more funds to Turkey for the care of refugees, in exchange of limiting the number of refugees going to Europe.

“It is well-documented how Greece treated inhumanely and ashamedly to refugees arriving at its door, before the eyes of the world. Their proposal is the product of an extremely warped and immoral mindset,” he said adding that Turkey so far spent $40 billion for the 4 million refugees it hosts.

According to Ankara, the EU also backed away from political commitments as part of the deal, including visa liberalization for Turkish citizens traveling to Europe, opening new chapters for Turkey joining the Union accession process and negotiations on upgrading the EU-Turkey Customs Union.

*Source: Anadolu Agency