Here we concentrate on what Turkey is up to - in terms of plans to invade Syria and its war against the Kurds and Erdogan's blackmail of Europe threatening to unleash refugees on the continent.
“OUR BROTHERS FROM ALEPPO”: TURKEY HINTS AT ANNEXING PARTS OF SYRIA
9 February, 2016
US responds to Erdogan’s ultimatum on Kurds
Riled by a meeting between a US official and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls the Syrian town of Kobani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Washington to choose between Turkey and, as he put it, the “terrorists.”
RT's Gayane Chichakyan went to the US State Department to get its reaction
Erdogan Blackmailed EU for €30 Bln Over Migrant Crisis Plan
In November, during a meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and European Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded from Brussels €30 billion to resolve the European migrant crisis, a leaked document revealed.
9 February, 2016
The talks took place in Antalya on November 14, 2015. The confidential document has been published by Greek website Euro2Day.
It also read that the EU Council of Ministers delayed its progress report on Turkey’s accession to the EU with the purpose to help the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to win the elections.
Report: Erdogan threatens to flood Europe with refugees
Press TV have reported that a newly leaked report has revealed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had threatened EU leaders with a flood of refugees unless Ankara was offered better funding to deal with the ongoing crisis.
On Monday, the euro2day.gr financial news website published what it claimed to be minutes of a November meeting between Erdogan, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and EU President Donald Tusk.
The report does not state the exact date of the meeting but, according to Reuters, it was probably held on November 16, 2015, in Antalya on the sidelines of a G20 summit.
During the meeting, the EU officials were attempting to gain Turkey’s support for stemming the flow of Syrian asylum seekers pouring towards Europe, most of whom arrive in Europe after crossing the sea between Turkey and Greek islands.
“We can open the doors to Greece and Bulgaria anytime and we can put the refugees on buses … So how will you deal with migrants if you don’t get a deal? Kill the refugees?” Erdogan was quoted as saying.
He also demanded some six billion euros over two years. When the amount was denied by Junker, Erdogan said that his country did not need the money anyway.
In the end, Turkey settled for three billion euros, earmarked for improving asylum seekers’ living conditions, revival of the country’s accession talks, and acceleration of visa-free travel for Turkish nationals in exchange for curtailing the number of refugees entering Greece.