Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the European Union his government would allow millions of refugees to head to Europe if the bloc criticised Turkey s military offensive in Syria.
“Hey EU, wake up. I say it again: if you try to frame our operation there as an invasion, our task is simple: we will open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants to you,” Erdogan said in a speech to parliament.
Turkey launched an operation into Syrian territory on Wednesday, aimed at combating Kurdish militants tied to insurgents in its own territory.
Mr Erdogan said 109 “terrorists” had been killed so far in the operation.
“We have a message to those who were forced to join the YPG (Syrian Kurdish People s Protection Units) ranks: If you leave now … our arms are wide open,” he said.
The Turkish President also took aim at fellow Middle Eastern nations Saudi Arabia and Egypt during his address.
“Saudi Arabia should look into the mirror. Who brought Yemen to this state? Look at its current condition. Did tens of thousands of people not die in Yemen? Hey Saudi Arabia, give account for this first,” Mr Erdogan said.