The linkage between Erdoğan’s decision to open its border with Greece and the Idlib offensive

Reporting by the Guardian, “Erdoğan says border will stay open as Greece tries to repel influx“, discussing the linkage between Erdoğan’s decision to open its border with Greece and the offensive in Idlib:

“…Erdoğan complained that funds transferred to Turkey from the EU to support refugees were arriving too slowly, saying he had asked Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, to send them directly to his government.  But the policy shift appears to be intended to force the EU and Nato to support Ankara’s new military campaign in the north-western province of Idlib, Syria’s last rebel stronghold, where thousands of Turkish soldiers are supporting opposition forces facing an onslaught from regime forces backed by Russian air power.  Erdoğan said Turkey could not handle a new wave of migration, in an apparent reference to the growing humanitarian crisis in Idlib. …”

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