The European Union is fulfilling the commitments it has made under a migration deal with Turkey, the bloc's executive says, rejecting accusations by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the EU has transferred too little refugee aid.
"The EU is respecting its commitments and suggestions to the contrary are not true," European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas says, adding that about 740 million euros (814 million dollars) have already been allocated as EU aid for refugees in Turkey.
He says that figure is set to increase to 2.1 billion euros by the end of the month, out of 3 billion euros that had been promised under the migration deal. The funds are "for refugees and for the host communities, not for Turkey and the government," Schinas notes.
The commission expects the cooperation with Turkey on refugees and migration to continue, he says.