In November, during a meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and European Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded from Brussels €30 billion to resolve the European migrant crisis, a leaked document revealed.
The talks took place in Antalya on November 14, 2015. The confidential document has been published by Greek website Euro2Day.According to it, Erdogan threatened to send migrants to Europe.
By that time, the EU and Turkey had agreed a plan on providing €3 billion to Ankara in exchange for assistance in resolving the migrant issue.
However, Erdogan threatened that he would take measures if the EU delayed Turkey’s admission to the bloc. Particularly, he said Turkey would put refugees on buses to Europe and the consequences for Europe will be “more than a dead boy” on the Turkish shores.
Erdogan refused to receive the €3 billion in two years, which he had earlier agreed to. He said the proposal should be at least €3 billion a year. Otherwise, no deal concerning the refugees would work, according to the document.
It also read that the EU Council of Ministers delayed its progress report on Turkey’s accession to the EU with the purpose to help the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to win the elections.Erdogan was arrogant and hasty and the negotiations ended with no result, the document read. Demanding more money, he claimed that during the financial crisis Greece received €400 billion from Brussels.
He also told EU officials that Turkey had already spent €8 billion on refugee camps.
“Erdogan asks rhetorically: ‘So how will you deal with refugees if you don’t get a deal? Kill the refugees?’,” according to the document.
However, this incident exposing Turkey’s position has not been reported to the EU authorities and country members of the bloc, the article read.