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    Latvia is ready to host refugees who have arrived in the European Union through Turkey, according to the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed readiness to host refugees who have arrived in the European Union through Turkey, spokesman Raimonds Jansons said Tuesday.

    "We have expressed readiness in the near future to intensify the movement of persons within the existing quota," Jansons said as quoted by the Delfi web portal.

    Late on Monday, the leaders of the 28 EU countries and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu agreed on a new migration plan in a bid to stem the influx of refugees into the bloc.

    Ankara pledged to take back all illegal migrants that had arrived to the European Union and send in their place legal Syrian refugees to the EU on a one-for-one basis.

    Assessing the summit’s outcomes, Jansons said Latvia valued Greece’s efforts to stem undocumented migration and said it would send 30 border troops to assist Athens in protecting its borders.

    In September, the European Commission announced a quota scheme, providing for the resettlement of 160,000 refugees from the most affected countries by the migration crisis, throughout other European member states over the next two years.

    Latvia is required to accept 221 refugees from Greece and 68 from Italy as part of the quota system.

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