Turkey says it rejects efforts to portray it as part of Belarus migrant problem


Turkey rejects efforts to “portray it as part of the problem” in the migrant crisis along the Poland-Belarus border, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Turkey, host to some 4 million mainly Syrian migrants, has been accused of contributing to the migrant flow toward Belarus’ borders. The European Union has accused Minsk of encouraging the migrants to come to its territory then pushing them to cross to Poland and other neighboring countries.

“We reject efforts to portray Turkey, which is not a party to this issue, as part of the problem,” the ministry said in a statement, adding Ankara viwed the targeting of its flag-carrier Turkish Airlines over the matter as “intentional.” [Reuters]