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Germany: "Dialogue with Turkey is essential" - Steinmeier01:51

Germany: "Dialogue with Turkey is essential" - Steinmeier

Germany, Berlin
November 24, 2015 at 12:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated that the European Union and Turkey should continue to cooperate on the current refugee and migrant crisis "independently of today's incident," in reference to Turkey's downing of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet, during a Southeast Europe Foreign Ministers' Conference in Berlin, Tuesday.

"Our task is also to secure south-eastern European borders, to continue the dialog with Turkey, which we have already discussed, independently from today's incident," Steinmeier said, adding that "the dialog with Turkey is essential."

The German Foreign Minister noted that the ongoing refugee crisis "should not be carried on the shoulders of Balkan countries," adding that "the European Union and German government will provide Serbia as well as former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with money for humanitarian aid and structured measures" as well as assistance to Greece, where flows of refugees are heading on the way to the European Union and Germany.

Germany: "Dialogue with Turkey is essential" - Steinmeier01:51
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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated that the European Union and Turkey should continue to cooperate on the current refugee and migrant crisis "independently of today's incident," in reference to Turkey's downing of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet, during a Southeast Europe Foreign Ministers' Conference in Berlin, Tuesday.

"Our task is also to secure south-eastern European borders, to continue the dialog with Turkey, which we have already discussed, independently from today's incident," Steinmeier said, adding that "the dialog with Turkey is essential."

The German Foreign Minister noted that the ongoing refugee crisis "should not be carried on the shoulders of Balkan countries," adding that "the European Union and German government will provide Serbia as well as former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with money for humanitarian aid and structured measures" as well as assistance to Greece, where flows of refugees are heading on the way to the European Union and Germany.