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    The Kremlin urges Ankara and Amsterdam to show restraint in a recent scandal over Turkish ministers entrance denial to the Dutch embassy, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Kremlin urges Ankara and Amsterdam to show restraint in a falling-out over a ban on Turkish ministers from meeting expats in the Netherlands, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    "We certainly urge both the Hague and Ankara to restraint, to constructivism and de-escalation of the tension that has arisen between the two countries," Peskov told reporters.

    Turkey sent the Netherlands two diplomatic notes Monday criticizing the treatment of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was denied entrance to its consulate in Rotterdam on Saturday, and the "disproportionate" Dutch police response to a gathering protesting the ban.

    "We do not believe that there is a need for any mediators," Peskov stressed. "Only these two countries can get out of this situation."

    Turkish Family and Social Affairs Minister Fatma Betul Sayan was also denied entrance to the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam on Saturday, with Dutch police blocking her car and the authorities ordering her deportation.

    On Thursday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he would not welcome rallies of Cavusoglu in the Netherlands. Leader of right-wing Party for Freedom (PVV) Geert Wilders called on the Turkish authorities to ban the entire Turkish Cabinet from entering the Netherlands after the announcement of Kaya’s plans to visit the country.

    Ankara reacted furiously, claiming undesirable the return of the Dutch ambassador to Turkey after vacation and promising reciprocal actions and sanctions against the Netherlands.

    Turkey has been seeking support among Turkish expats for a constitutional amendments that would enlarge the powers of the Turkish president over the legislature and the judiciary. The Turkish referendum on the constitutional changes is scheduled for April 16.


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