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    Just As Expected: Turkey 'Blackmailing Europe Over Migrant Crisis'

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    With its permanently growing demands, Turkey is blackmailing the EU over the migrant crisis, Vojtech Filip, leader of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, commented on the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels.

    Leaders of the Czech right movement also shared his opinion, including the Civic Democratic Party, the website Ceske Noviny reported.

    "It is necessary to strictly reject an attempt by Turkey to blackmail the European Union," the politician said.

    According to him, Ankara is not implementing the agreements it reached earlier with Brussels. In addition, Turkey is interested in the acceleration of accession talks with the EU and wants to finance its migration policy with EU taxpayers’ money.

    During the summit between Brussels and Ankara on February 7, Turkey requested to increase funds from the EU to €6 billion to help reduce the influx of refugees to Europe as well as to implement a one-in, one-out plan for migrants.

    Petr Fiala, leader of the Civic Democratic Party, described Turkey’s one-in, one-out plan as another attempt to introduce quotas for refugees.

    "The system of quotas is not effective. It also violated states’ sovereignty," Fiala said.

    According to the politician, such an initiative would only provoke new surges of illegal migrants.

    Frantisek Laudat, a representative of the TOP 09 party, said on Tuesday he was not surprised with Ankara’s moves.

    "It was predictable that Turkey would try to use the migrant crisis and would make more and more demands," Laudat said.

    The agreement between Brussels and Ankara on the migrant crisis raises a number of questions, first of all, about Turkey's will and intention to implement it, Boris Dolgov, an expert on the Middle East at the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RIA Novosti.

    According to him, the deal is a great success for Ankara, including the acceleration of a visa-free regime with the EU and the talks on Turkey's admission to the bloc.

    "The EU is unable to solve the migrant crisis. This is why Brussels reached to Turkey and offered it €3 billion to help deal with the issue. European leaders prefer to buy off Turkey," he pointed out.


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