Turkey capital: Turkey will not bear the burden of refugees: Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey will not bear such a burden on its own in the event of an influx of refugees to Turkish borders, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late on Sunday.
“More than 80,000 Idlib brothers have begun to march to our doorstep,” he said during a speech in Istanbul, pointing out that Turkey is not going to bear the burden alone.
“All European nations would also feel the adverse effects of such a burden that we could face,” said Erdogan, who frequently accuses the European Union of lack of action to support Turkey in the refugee crisis and threatens to send Syrians to the EU.
Erdogan did not give any details as to whether any of the refugees had reached the border with Turkey.
The northern Syrian province of Idlib is Syria’s last major rebel-controlled area, where Russian-backed government forces are conducting airstrikes against rebel targets.
Turkey is home to 3.6 million Syrian refugees, making it the largest refugee host nation in the world.