European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johnson said that the European Union does not provide money to the Turkish government, but to refugees on Turkish soil.
This came in a speech on Tuesday during a press conference in which she accused the Belarusian government of using refugees.
She encourages them to head to the European borders, describing them as “illegal and miserable”.
She pointed out that the Belarusian government endangers the lives of the refugees, describing the matter completely unacceptable.
She pointed out that there is a difference between Turkey and Belarus, explaining that the European Union does not provide money to the Turkish government, but rather helps Syrian refugees in Turkey.
She added that Turkey receives 4 million refugees on its soil, and is the country that hosts the most refugees around the world.
And that this is the best way to help refugees on Turkish soil and to show solidarity with them.
On Tuesday morning, the Polish authorities closed the border crossing with Belarus at Koznica to stop the infiltration of refugees.
The European Union accuses Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of coordinating the arrival of this wave of migrants and refugees to the eastern side of the bloc.
This was in response to the European sanctions imposed on his country after the “brutal repression” his regime had exercised against the opposition.