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    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will pay another visit to Greece on 12 March to follow up on the migration crisis on the country’s border, the commission’s chief spokesman said on Wednesday.

    "The European Commission president and the European commissioner for home affairs will come to Greece tomorrow as a follow-up to the[ir] recent visit [to the country] in connection with the migration crisis. They will meet with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and visit a migrant reception centre," Eric Mamer said at a briefing.

    In a show of support for Greece, von der Leyen, alongside European Council President Charles Michel and European Parliament chief David Sassoli, visited the Greek-Turkish border on 3 March.

    In the wake of the escalation in Syria's Idlib in late February, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country would no longer be able to restrain the flows of migrants and refugees and opened its border with the EU. Thousands of migrants have since rushed to Turkey's border with Greece and Bulgaria to try to get into Europe.

    Turkish soldier directs migrants near the Turkey's Pazarkule border crossing with Greece's Kastanies, near Edirne, Turkey March 4, 2020
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    Turkish soldier directs migrants near the Turkey's Pazarkule border crossing with Greece's Kastanies, near Edirne, Turkey March 4, 2020

    Amid the developments, the EU urged Ankara to stick to the 2016 deal, under which Turkey pledged to help the bloc to stem the migration flow from the south in exchange for 6 billion euros ($6.8 billion) for the accommodation of undocumented migrants. Ankara, however, insists that Europe has reneged on its commitments and failed to disburse even the first tranche of the aid in full.

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    Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ursula von der Leyen, refugees, migrants, Syria, Turkey, Greece
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