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    Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders criticized on Friday Ankara's interference in the Netherlands' internal affairs.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In July, soon after the thwarted coup attempt in Turkey, the Turkish consul general sent letters to local Dutch authorities giving recommendations on how to deal with possible anti-Turkish demonstrations.

    "The Netherlands deals with Dutch society and that is nothing to do with the Turkish government… We understand the motions which stem from the terrible attempted coup… But let us solve our differences here," Koenders said, as quoted by the Dutchnews media online outlet.

    He added that the Turks were free to speak about the Dutch and vice versa, but such issues were "a question of national responsibility" in Netherlands.

    On July 15, an attempted coup took place in Turkey, and was suppressed by the following day. Thousands of people were arrested or suspended following the coup attempt.

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