France to warn Turkey against 'blackmailing' EU in migrant crisis

15th March 2016, Comments 0 comments

France will tell Turkey at a summit with the EU this week it wants more effective cooperation with Ankara on the migrant crisis, but will warn against any attempt at "blackmail", Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday.

It is "essential" to work with Turkey, "but there must not be the slightest blackmail", Valls told parliament.

In a summit with the European Union last week, Turkey asked for an extra three billion euros ($3.3 billion) in aid in return for its cooperation in stemming the tide of refugees making their way to Europe.

That was on top of the three billion euros that the EU agreed to give Ankara in November.

Valls also told lawmakers that France will insist at Friday's meeting in Brussels that it will not increase the number of refugees it is prepared to take beyond the current 30,000.

© 2016 AFP

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