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Migrants who will be returned to Turkey demonstrate inside the Moria registration centre on the Greek island of Lesbos, April 5, 2016. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will not go through with an agreement to take back Syrian migrants from Europe if the European Union does not fulfil its pledges, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Under the deal, Ankara will take back all migrants and refugees who cross the Aegean Sea to enter Greece illegally. In return, Europe will take in thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and reward it with money, visa-free travel and progress in its EU membership negotiations.

(Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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