Austrian official says EU can't rely on Turkey

BRUSSELS -- Austria's defense minister is urging European Union nations to make new plans for stemming the inflow of migrants, saying he does not expect a deal with Turkey meant to solve the problem to hold.


Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil spoke to reporters Monday after meeting with his counterparts from Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia and Slovakia.


Turkey has agreed to take back migrants who land in Greece in exchange for 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) and other EU commitments.


But Doskozil says all the ministers see a need "to prepare for what happens on the day after the deal between Europe and Turkey fails."


He also criticized Turkey's push to stifle dissent following a coup attempt, saying "red lines have been crossed multiple times."


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