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26 February, Wednesday


Turkey lashes out at EU over refugee deal ahead of Merkel visit

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday accused the European Union of failing to honor a refugee deal, strongly criticizing the bloc for failing to pay Turkey the amount it promised, Eurasia Diary reports citing Deutsche Welle.

The criticism comes two days before German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Turkey on an official visit.

Cavusoglu told the German Bild newspaper that the EU had promised to pay Turkey €3 billion ($3.33 billion) in both 2016 and 2018.

"Now it is 2020 and we still have not received the first €3 billion in its entirety," Cavusoglu said.

Under the deal, agreed to in 2016, the number of Syrian refugees arriving in the EU via Turkey has reduced. 

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