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    Members of the police stand in line during a gathering of demonstrators waving Turkish flags outside the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, on 11 March 2017 after Netherlands refused Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu permission to land for a rally to gather support for a referendum on boosting Turkish president Erdogan's powers.

    Turkish Sanctions Against Netherlands 'Bizarre' - Dutch Prime Minister

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    Ankara's diplomatic sanctions against the Netherlands are unjustified, considering the Dutch have more cause to be angry over Turkey's recent actions, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, Dutch authorities, citing security concerns, refused landing for Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was expected to meet with Turkish expats in the Netherlands in the run up to Turkey's mid-April constitutional referendum on bolstering the president's powers.

    On the same day, Turkish Family and Social Affairs Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya decided to travel to the Netherlands, but was denied entry to the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam and subsequently faced deportation.

    Ankara reacted furiously, promising reciprocal actions and sanctions against the Netherlands, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan labeled the Dutch authorities' behavior as "Nazism." On Monday, Ankara suspended high-level political contacts with the Netherlands and sent the country a diplomatic note, criticizing the treatment of Cavusoglu. Dutch authorities, in turn, demanded an apology for being compared to Nazis.

    "I continue to find it bizarre that in Turkey they’re talking about sanctions when you see that we have reasons to be very angry about what happened this weekend," Rutte was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

    Turkey's sanctions against the Netherlands affect diplomatic communication, but do not extend to economic measures.

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