Erdogan accuses EU of not paying up under migrant deal

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BERLIN: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused the European Union of not paying its way under a deal to send Syrian refugees back across the Aegean. Ankara and Brussels signed a controversial deal in March, in which Turkey agreed to take Syrian migrants landing on Greek islands in exchange for political and financial incentives. The deal included billions of euros in aid and visa-free travel for Turks in Europe, but ties have been strained by Erdogan’s massive crackdown after a failed coup this month. The president said the EU had promised $3 billion, but so far only paid a nominal $1 million to $2 million. “The (European) governments are not honest,” Erdogan told German public television station ARD.

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