01:41 GMT06 August 2021
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    Twitter accounts of media outlets, organizations and celebrities, including Reuters Japan, Forbes, Germany football club Borussia Dortmund and the UK Department of Health, were hacked into on Wednesday and displayed the same message in Turkish aimed at Amsterdam and Berlin.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the CNBC broadcaster, a message that appeared on many hacked accounts featured hashtags that translated as "Nazi Germany" or "Nazi Holland" and a link to a video of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The incident comes amid the diplomatic row between Ankara and Amsterdam, which began on Saturday, when 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.

    On Monday, Ankara halted all high-level political discussions with the Netherlands and barred the Dutch ambassador from returning to Turkey.

    Several meetings of Turkish officials with expats have already been canceled in Germany and Switzerland as well as in the Netherlands.


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