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    Russia monitors the migration situation in Europe closely, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.

    GORKI (Moscow Region) (Sputnik) — Medvedev's statement comes a day after a series of the deadly attacks in Brussels that killed at least 31 and injured 260 people.

    "Maybe there are different causes of what is going on, including the existing migration situation. The situation in Europe and Germany. We, I will make no secret, monitor it closely… We are ready to participate in the discussions of these issues, to make our contribution [to the problem solution]," Medvedev said at a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

    "[The attacks] will certainly have an impact on EU's policy and possibly on your decisions," Medvedev said, adding that the attacks highlighted the necessity to consolidate all the anti-terror efforts.

    Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their home countries in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty.

    According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the number of migrant arrivals to the European Union surpassed 160,000 in 2016, in addition to more than one million of arrivals in 2015.


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