Er­do­gan crit­i­cises EU over refugee deal

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Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan says the EU has not been “sin­cere” over an aid deal with Tur­key to con­tain the in­flux of Syr­ian refugees.

There has been con­cern about the EU-Tur­key deal, clinched in March, since Tur­key was thrown into tur­moil by a coup at­tempt on 15 July.

“The Euro­pean lead­ers are not sin­cere,” Mr Er­do­gan com­plained in an in­ter­view with Ger­man ARD tele­vi­sion.

Of the 3bn (£2.5bn) pledged, the EU has paid a to­ken 1m-2m, he said.

Tur­key is host­ing about 2.7 mil­lion Syr­ian refugees and Mr Er­do­gan said the cost to Tur­key so far had been nearly $12bn (11bn; £9bn).

“Tur­key stands by its com­mit­ment with re­gard to refugees,” Mr Er­do­gan said.

Be­fore the March deal, Greece was over­whelmed by the chal­lenge of hous­ing mi­grants and refugees ar­riv­ing by boat from Tur­key, which is tak­ing back Syr­i­ans and other mi­grants in­ter­cepted off the Greek is­lands.

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