(ReliableNews.org) – Turkey is the home of more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees. Since 2016, the country has contained them as much as possible to try to keep them out of Europe. However, Turkey’s president is over it and now he’s letting loose the floodgates.
Last week, Syria carried out a Russian-backed airstrike that killed 33 Turkish troops.
— Enrico Ivanov ☦️ (@Russ_Warrior) February 28, 2020
After the massacre, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his military to stand down from the Syrian border and let refugees cross into Europe.
The decision was a direct result of Europe’s unwillingness to help Erdoğan control the problem. According to the Turkish president, he was sick and tired of begging them to help him deal with the damage from the Syrian war. His country cannot absorb more refugees, so he decided Europe would get to experience it themselves.
Western leaders wanted him to close the border again, but he was having none of it. Erdoğan said, “It’s done, the gates are open.” Then he told them they will have their “share of this burden now.”
Greece, as if dying to prove Erdoğan’s point, insulted the president calling him a “trafficker” and said it would accept no new asylum applications.
Turkey doesn’t care, the president made it clear to the European Union that the “unilateral sacrifice” is over.
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