Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan followed through on a long-time threat and will open his borders and allow migrants free passage to Europe.
Now, he is facing an onslaught of migrants after fighting broke out in disputed territory in Syria between his forces and Russian and Syrian forces.
This could easily spiral out of control and while Trump took heat for trying to improve relations with Putin and Erdogan, those relationships will be key to resolving this peacefully. Turkey is a NATO country remember.
The Turkish government has announced that for the next 72 hours it will open its border with Syria and allow any and all migrants to go to Europe unhindered.
A senior official has claimed that the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has opened the borders for Syrian asylum seekers and other migrants and will not prevent anyone from heading to Europe by land or by sea, Reuters reports.
According to the news service, all Turkish border and police officials have been ordered by the government to stand down along with members of the Turkish coastguard.
The move comes after the Turkish government claims to expect a wave of migrants after around one million people were displaced in Idlib.
According to Turkish journalist Ragip Soylu, “Land and sea crossings to Europe would be free to pass for the NEXT 72 HOURS and Turkey will open the borders immediately.”
Following the signing of the migrant agreement, brokered in 2015 and came into effect in 2016, between the European Union and Turkey, President Erdogan and his ministers have made repeated threats to open the border.
And then there is this little reported news – Russia and Turkey are shooting and killing each other’s troops in a battle for a part of Syria.
Turkey is a NATO ally and if they call it in and ask for help we could be “at war’ with Russia. Now thankfully Trump would never and will get these two to solve this – he does have somewhat good relationships with the two strong men which Trump’s critics ripped him for.
Now, being diplomatic and nice to everyone may pay massive dividends.
From Daily Sabah:
Turkey early Friday carried out missile attacks on targets in Syria’s central Hama, northwestern towns of Nubl and Zahraa, as well as in regime and Russian bastion, Latakia, in response to the Assad regime airstrike that killed 22 Turkish soldiers.
The military also pounded Assad regime targets with artillery along the frontline in Idlib.
Earlier in the day, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan convened an emergency meeting over tensions in the war-ravaged Syrian city.
Security sources told Daily Sabah that all ministers and senior officials, including the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) chief Hakan Fidan, were present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, the Directorate of Communications released a statement on the Turkish offensive against Syrian regime forces.
It said Turkish forces have neutralized at least 1,709 Assad regime soldiers, as well as 55 tanks, three helicopters, 18 armored vehicles, 29 howitzers, 21 military vehicles, six ammunition depots, seven mortars and four Soviet-made DShK heavy machine guns.
Hey guys, a NATO country is at war with Russia, sorry to interrupt:
Turkey strikes Russian, Assad regime bastion Latakia, other targets in Syria with missiles https://t.co/qq5auTVRhS
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) February 28, 2020