World Bulletin / News Desk
The European Union has taken a contradictive move to extend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission which has been engaging in discovery, monitoring and surveillance activities to prevent the passage of refugees into Europe across the Aegean Sea.
The decision has been made by the European Parliament (EP) to pay an extra 6 billion euros for the extension of the mission instead of paying 3 billion euros in cash to Turkey as a part of the 2015 Turkey-EU deal intended to stop migrants from traveling to Europe.
The EU's move is contradictive to all the efforts that aimed to prevent the killings during the illegal passage of refugees, while Turkey is putting all its efforts to protect the refugees, as more than 3 million Syrians have sought refuge in Turkey from civil war in their country, now in its sixth year.
So far in 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) recorded more than 173,000 in Italy, while Italian security forces reached the dead bodies of 4,655 refugees. The same figure was 3,771 in 2015.
Turkey and the EU agreed in November 2015 to stop migrants from traveling to Europe in return for 3 billion euros in cash, to a deal on visa-free travel for Turkish citizens within the Schengen zone and to renew talks on joining the 28-nation bloc.
As a part of the agreement between Turkey and the EU; NATO vessels were deployed to sail in the territorial waters of Greece and Turkey in February.