During an interview with Die Welt earlier today, the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Memhet Simsek remarked: “Germany must step up its involvement in Syria if it wants to stem the flow of refugees into Europe. If Germany and others want to stop the influx of refugees, they must stop the bombings by Syrian and Russian forces against the Syrian opposition”. Thereby, the Turkish official hinted that military intervention was needed as to deter Syrian and Russian bombardments from forcing more refugees to flee the country.
Talks between German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, are set to take place next friday as the former will host the latter in Berlin. The two statesmen are likely to discuss the recent suicide bomb attack in Istabul as well as the growing crisis in relation to migrants.
“The origin of terror in Syria is the chaos on the ground, which was caused by the Syrian regime’s refusal to authorize democratic reform and the existence of an opposition” Simsek said. However, Turkey has received extensive criticism for refusing to combat ISIS fighters – meanwhile, the Syrian government is heavily embattled with ISIS in especially in Deir Ez Zor, Aleppo and eastern Homs.
Currently, more than 4 million refugees have fled Syria with close to half of them within Turkey itself, which shares a border with war-torn country. However, the Turkish PM stressed they would try to deter further refugees from entering: “We are building a fence all along the Syrian frontier. The first 150 kilometers will be ready in March, but we need a coordinated strategy with our partners”.