One day after the European Parliament voted in favor of freezing EU membership talks with Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey could open its borders and allow migrants to leave for Europe if pushed by the European Union.
“If you go any further, these border gates will be opened,” he said in Istanbul. “Neither me nor my people will be affected by these dry threats. It wouldn’t matter if all of you approved the [European Parliament] vote.”
Last March, the European Union and Turkey reached a migration agreement that saw Brussels promising to provide billions of euros in aid and visa-free travel for Turks visiting the bloc in exchange for Ankara providing shelter to hundreds of thousands of refugees, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, looking to reach Europe.
“We are the ones who feed 3-3.5 million refugees in this country,” Erdogan said in his speech Friday. “You have betrayed …