After begging for the European Union to fix relations with Turkey, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has now said the borders are open for illegal immigrants.
In a televised interview with Akit TV, he said that nothing has changed for Ankara on the issue of illegal immigrants.
“Anyone who wants to can go to Europe, we do not prevent it,” he said.
By Europe, he of course means Greece as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan already assured Bulgaria, the only other European country that borders Turkey, that Ankara would honour its commitment and not allow migration pressure on Bulgaria.
The Turkish Foreign Minister did not miss the opportunity to blame Greece and the EU and said that “the West’s non-reaction to Greece’s inhumane behaviour at the border is an unacceptable situation.”
In the same interview he said that thanks to a March deal between Turkey and Russia, a great humanitarian tragedy in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, that Turkey is aiming to invade and occupy, was prevented.
“Over 100,000 displaced people returned to their homes,” he said.
This March, Ankara and Moscow agreed on a protocol urging parties to “cease all military actions along the line of contact in the Idlib de-escalation area.”
When speaking of Libya, Çavuşoğlu said “We believe the best and only solution is a political one. A military solution cannot amount to anything.” he added.
However, despite international condemnation, Turkey is still funding and arming Muslim Brotherhood and other jihadist forces operating against the Libyan National Army.
Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar, the leader of the Libyan National Army, has intensified attacks on Turkish-backed jihadist forces operating in his country.
Despite Turkey being an isolated country in the Eastern Mediterranean, having bad hostile relations with Syria, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt and Libya, rather than attempting to improve relations, is only increasing its isolation by openly announcing against that illegal immigrants can flood into Greece.
The pressure is mounting on Turkey as within the space of a week Greece and Cyprus have reopened their diplomatic relations with Syria, as reported by Greek City Times.