Dutch authorities have blocked the proposed visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to Rotterdam citing “risks to public order and security” that may follow the minister’s visit.
Moments after the decision was taken, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded by calling the Netherlands- his NATO partner a “Nazi remnant” as a row over Ankara campaigning among emigre Turkish voters intensified.
Outraged by the decision, Erdogan promised retaliation against Dutch diplomatic flights.
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“You can stop our foreign minister’s plane all you want, let’s see how your planes will come to Turkey from now on,” Erdogan said at a rally in Istanbul.
“They are the vestiges of the Nazis, they are fascists,” Erdogan said.
In a statement after its decision, the Dutch government through the Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it had been searching with Turkish authorities for an “acceptable solution” to Cavusoglu’s plan to campaign in the Netherlands.
“Before these talks were completed, Turkish authorities publicly threatened sanctions. That makes the search for a reasonable solution impossible”, the Dutch PM said.
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