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    EU Council President Confirms 'Unanimous' Migrant Pact With Turkey

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    President of the European Council Donald Tusk confirmed on Friday that the bloc reached a "unanimous" agreement for Turkey to accept undocumented migrants.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the provisional agreement, Brussels pledged to accept every approved Syrian refugee for every undocumented migrant returned to Turkey on a one-for-one basis.

    "Now unanimous agreement between all EU HoSG [heads of state and government] and Turkey's PM [prime minister] on EU-Turkey Statement," Tusk tweeted, minutes after Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite issued a similar statement.

    Under the EU-Turkey deal, agreed in principal earlier in March, the European Union is expected to accelerate Turkey's EU accession process and introduce a visa-free regime between Turkey and Europe, as well as gran 3 billion euros (over $3.3 billion) to Turkey to help it provide for refugees on its soil. Ankara has requested an additional 3 billion euros in funding through 2018.

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