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Repeat of 2015 migrant crisis inevitable without action: Turkish president

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday that violence in Syria’s Idlib region threatens to cause another Syrian refugee crisis akin to the one that began in 2015, according to Reuters.

Speaking in Istanbul Sunday, Erdoğan said Russian and Syrian offensives in the region had driven more than 80,000 people toward Turkey. He added that Ankara was trying to the best of its possible to bring an end to the bombings, saying a Turkish delegation would travel to Moscow to discuss the issue Monday.

Unless Europe takes steps to stop the violence in the region, Erdoğan added, the continent was likely to see an influx of refugees fleeing the war zone similar to 2015’s, according to the news service.

Turkey invaded northeastern Syria following the U.S.’ departure from the region in October, with Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin reaching a new arrangement to demilitarize northern Syria by the end of the month.

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