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Orban vows to use force to protect border if Turkey opens gates for refugees

Christian Fernsby |
Viktor Orban said that Hungary would have to "use force" at its southern border to protect the European Union's frontier if Turkey delivers on a threat to open the gates for refugees, Reuters reported.

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If Turkey sets off further hundreds of thousands on top of (existing migrant flows), then we will need to use force to protect the Hungarian border and the Serbian-Hungarian frontier and I do not wish for anyone that we should need to resort to that," Orban stressed.

Orban said that currently there were about 90,000 people on the Balkans migration route and their ranks could swell to 100,000 shortly.

"The next weeks will decide what Turkey does with these people," Orban said in an interview. "It can steer them in two directions: take them back to Syria or set them off towards Europe."

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