Turkey’s president claimed that Europe was less successful at handling the Ukrainian refugee crisis, than Ankara in managing Syrian migrant flow.
The EU and other European countries are in a state of “panic” over the influx of refugees from Ukraine, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on Sunday.
Speaking in front of his party’s supporters in the town of Kizilcahamam, Erdogan said that while Turkey “has been successfully managing the irregular migration originating from Syria for 11 years, we are seeing panic in Europe as a result of the Ukraine-Russia crisis.”The Turkish heads of state expressed hope that they could achieve the “world will get out of the critical period it is going through as soon as possible.”
According to Amin Awad (the assistant secretary-general of the United Nations Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine), nearly 14 million Ukrainians were displaced since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Six million people from this group are thought to have fled to neighbouring countries.
Recent months have seen a number of top European member states like Poland, Romania, and Hungary as the most popular destinations for Ukrainian refugees.
Erdogan touched upon the topic of the migration caused by the Ukraine conflict. He also spoke about the NATO membership applications submitted mid-May by Finland and Sweden, in response to a Russian threat.
Ankara was clear in its opposition to the two NATO members, as stated by President Erdogan of Turkey “until [its] expectations are met.”
Because the unanimous consent of all 30 members of NATO is needed for new members to be admitted into the alliance, Turkey’s objections have effectively put on hold the two Nordic countries’ hopes of joining any time soon.
Ankara insists that it will only unblock the two nations’ accession if they stop harboring people linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group and other Kurdish organizations Ankara deems terrorists.
Another major bone of contention is the decision back in 2019 by Stockholm and Helsinki to place a ban on arms sales to Turkey following Ankara’s military incursion into northern Syria against Kurdish militants. Turkey insists that the ban be lifted.
Erdogan also stated that Erdogan believes the “system that the West has built to protect its own security and wellbeing is crumbling.”He called for major reforms to the UN Security Council. “Earth is bigger than”These five countries are the newest. Erdogan also stated that the signs are there that Western countries might eventually follow Ankara’s lead. “for years”This is the key.