President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who said Turkey had only received between $3 billion and $4 billion of the 6 billion euros promised in the 2016 deal.
“We trust that we can continue this work in good faith with our Turkish partners,” Euronews quoted Bertaud as saying.
She said the EU is “providing substantial support to improve the living conditions and protection standards of Syrian refugees in Turkey. To date, the EU has allocated 5.6 billion euros out of the 6 billion that was agreed, with the remaining balance due to be allocated shortly.”
Erdoğan’s threat to “open the gates” of refugees comes after months of rising discontent in cash-strapped Turkey over the presence of at least 3.6 million refugees from Syria and many more from other countries.
Turkey has already been accused of breaching international humanitarian law by transporting undocumented migrants across the border to Syria, which it denies.
European Union has lived up to its side of an agreement signed with Turkey to reduce the flow of irregular migrants across the Aegean Sea to Greece, European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said on Thursday. European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said on Thursday.