"We will open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees your way," Erdoğan said in a speech, addressing the EU.
Erdoğan's "threat" which he repeated several times before the offensive came after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's statement. Juncker said yesterday that Ankara “must cease the ongoing military operation.”
"It will not work. And if Turkey's plan is to create a security zone, do not expect funding from the European Union", Juncker told the European Parliament.
Saying that the AKP government will not accept any criticism toward the military operation in Syria, Erdoğan added that "you stand aside, we will continue going on our way."