German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the EU 'will not accept the use of desperate refugees as a political bargaining chip' in reference to the Syrian refugee situation in Turkey, and discussed the need to coordinate the fight against the coronavirus, during a statement from Berlin after a video conference with foreign ministers on Monday.
«I proposed to activate the EU solidarity clause in... Еще Article 222, which would mean that the response to the coronavirus would be strengthened by very concrete measures,» Maas said. «Material and human capacities within the European Union would be made available, especially there where is a greater need.»
As the High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borell, held talks with Turkey for clearing discrepancies, Maas pointed out they will still support Turkey accommodating refugees but EU «will not accept the use of desperate refugees as a political bargaining chip in the future,» he added.
Maas also touched on the Syrian refugees situation spotting an increasing need of help in Idlib: «The humanitarian catastrophe that we have there as a result of the fighting has now to be answered with more humanitarian aid,» he said, adding, «We will not accept the use of desperate refugees as a political bargaining chip in the future either, but we are equally prepared to help Turkey.»
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