Turkey Insists on Immediate Transfer of $3.3 Bln Under Refugee Deal With EU

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara expects that the European Union will transfer €3 billion stipulated in the refugee accord without further delays.

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ANKARA (Sputnik) – Ankara expects that the European Union will transfer 3 billion ($3.3 billion) stipulated in the refugee accord without further delays, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.

"We have signed three interrelated agreements with the European Union. Three billion euros must be transferred without delays. We are waiting for the response from the European Union," Cavusoglu said at a press conference in Ankara, calling for the implementation of the agreements.

Earlier in the day, Norbert Hofer, a presidential candidate of the Austrian right-wing Freedom Party (FPO), told Sputnik in an exclusive interview, that the agreement between Turkey and the European Union on refugees was unlikely to work.

In mid-March, Brussels and Ankara agreed on a deal, under which Turkey pledged to take back all undocumented migrants who arrive in the European Union through its territory in exchange for Syrian refugees accommodated in Turkey, on a one-for-one basis. In return, the European Union pledged to provide a total of 3 billion euros to Turkey to help it deal with refugees, with a possible further 3-billion-euro provision in 2018.

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