Turkey’s government decided to close the airspace for Netherlands’ diplomatic planes. This was announced by the deputy prime minister of Turkey Numan Kurtulmuş, reports Daily Sabah.
“We decided not to allow Dutch diplomatic flights to Turkey,” Numan Kurtulmuş said.
“Ambassador of the Netherlands to Turkey who is now out of the country on holiday, will be notified about the impossibility of his return to Ankara,” he added.
At the same time, Turkey’s government intends to cancel previously scheduled meetings at a high level and offer Turkish Parliament to dismiss the interparliamentary friendship group with the Netherlands.
Earlier it was reported on the reasons for conflict between Dutch authorities and Erdogan. The authorities of the Netherlands give an example to other EU countries, how to win the trust of the electorate, which gravitates toward Eurosceptics and supporters of the Kremlin.
On the eve of the parliamentary elections in Holland, which take place on March 15, a diplomatic scandal broke out between the Dutch government and their Turkish counterparts. A really huge scandal. Last week, the Dutch authorities did not allow the Turkish diaspora to hold a political rally in the city of Rotterdam, dedicated to the upcoming referendum on changing the form of government in Turkey. President Recep Erdogan is interested in strengthening his power by amending the Turkish constitution regarding the transition from a mixed to a presidential republic.
Dutch officials refused to land the plane of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and Turkish Minister of Family Affairs and Social Policy Betül Sayan Kaya was not allowed to the Turkish consulate, despite the fact she was already in the Netherlands to campaign in front of Turkish migrants to take part in the referendum. Dutch law-enforcers with the help of water cannons and rubber bullets dispersed the protests of Turkish migrants who wanted to hear the ministers of their country. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that his government had warned the Turkish side in advance regarding the unwillingness to participate in the political campaign of its government, but the Turkish ministers decided to come anyway.