Migrant's Death in Bulgaria Calls into Question Turkey's Aid Request - MEP

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Bulgaria: Migrant's Death in Bulgaria Calls into Question Turkey's Aid Request - MEP

Bulgarian MEP Svetoslav Malinov (EPP) has voiced doubts whether Ankara "deserves" the additional EUR 2-3 B it demands to tackle the migrant crisis.

Malinov has made the comment in an interview with the Bulgarian National Radio in the aftermath of an incident near Bulgaria's border with Turkey, where a supposedly Afghan migrant was killed by a border police bullet.

Initial versions put forward by the Interior Ministry suggest the bullet rebounded after being fired "in the air" as a "warning shot" after a group of 54 migrants purportedly refused to cooperate to border police.

Later reports, however, say the ricochet was off a bridge under which migrants were hiding.

In Malinov's words, the Thursday evening incident is "precisely a problem for this new policy, because it must be found out who is to blame, how these people entered our territory".

"Doubts remain that Turkey deserves this amount [and] that Turkey deserves the other concessions."

Malinov, who in Bulgaria is a member of right-wing coalition partner Reformist Bloc (RB) was elected as MEP last year.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his GERB party, the senior government partner, however, have been the staunchest supporters of Turkey's demand for additional funding in view of the migrant crisis and of its proposal that a safe zone be established in Syria.

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