A political crisis deepens between the Netherlands and Turkey. First, the Turkish foreign minister was refused permission to land on Dutch soil, then another minister was escorted out of the country, prompting protests in both the Netherlands and Turkey.
Since then, harsh words between the two governments have strained ties like never before. CGTN’s Michal Bardavid reports.
In the course of 24 hours, the Netherlands denied entry to two Turkish ministers. Turkish officials referred to the Dutch government as remnants of Nazis.
Protests broke out in Rotterdam, Istanbul and Ankara. Turkey threatened to impose sanctions. Many are asking why the diplomatic feud is happening now.
The timing of this crisis has raised some questions as both countries are heading to voting booths soon with parliamentary elections on Wednesday for the Netherlands and a referendum on whether to shift to a presidential system in Turkey set for mid-April.
In an interview on a local television, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has claimed the actions of the Dutch government were politically motivated.
“It seems the Netherlands has internal issues. General elections will be held on March 15. We think what we have been through today because of this election is based on internal politics.”
Some experts believe campaign strategies on both sides may have had a part in the dispute. Yet some say the consequences may be unexpected as Turks eligible to vote in the Netherlands could have an impact on election results.