Bulgaria does not expect refugee problem from Turkey – Interior Minister

Bulgaria does not expect a refugee problem from Turkey, even if Ankara withdraws from the agreement with the European Union on regulating the entry of migrants, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova said on May 25.

An agreement between Bulgaria and Turkey on the readmission of refugees is a document outside the terms of the joint declaration between the EU and Turkey, Buchvarova said in an interview with public broadcaster Bulgarian National Radio.

Buchvarova said that she had carefully studied the statement by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 24 that Ankara would scrap a migrant readmission deal with the EU unless the 28-member bloc authorises visa-free travel for Turkish citizens.

She said that Turkey had set the condition that if its requirement for visa liberalisation is not accepted, “there will be a suspension of documents, European, but without specifying whether this is also a matter of bilateral agreements. Judging by the very constructive dialogue that we have had recently with the Turkish side, I hope this does not happen”.

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