WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States and the United Kingdom are holding talks on possible NATO participation in the resolution of the refugee crisis in central Mediterranean, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said in a joint press conference with US President Barack Obama on Friday.
"NATO is helping to reduce the number of migrants in the eastern Mediterranean, and Barack [Obama] and I have discussed how NATO might now contribute to the EU efforts in the central Mediterranean too," Cameron stated.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has deployed its forces to the Aegean Sea in order to curb illegal migration after Greece, Germany and Turkey requested the alliance's assistance to help cut human trafficking.
Europe has faced an enormous influx of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. Many of them take the West Balkan route, which crosses Greece, using the county as an entry point into the bloc from which they travel onward to wealthy EU states where they intend to apply for asylum.