The Czech Republic is prepared to take in Syrian refugees directly from Turkey, the prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, said on Tuesday. This would partially fulfil the country’s existing quota under a European Union scheme relocating asylum seekers around the 28-member bloc. Mr. Sobotka – who defended a new EU deal with Turkey aimed at easing the migration crisis – rejected any increase in the Czech Republic’s quota and said the transfers of Syrians from Turkey would only be a temporary measure. Speaking in the lower house, he said the Balkan migration route had been closed and that NATO monitoring had begun in the Aegean Sea, adding that the problem of Greece now needed to be resolved.
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