Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday (March 14) a diplomatic row with the Netherlands could not be dismissed with an apology and warned of further possible measures, after Ankara suspended high-level diplomatic ties with the Dutch. Saira Jaffer reports.
An apology from the Netherlands won't be enough. That's the message from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, after his ministers were banned from electioneering among the Turkish Dutch population - ahead of an April referendum on his powers. The Turkish President warning more sanctions could follow. He's already suspended high-level diplomatic relations, and banned the Dutch ambassador and diplomatic flights from the Netherlands. The move further inflaming tensions in a diplomatic quarrel that shows no signs of abating. Erdogan calling on expatriate Turks to not vote for the "government and racists" days before a Dutch general election. Geert Wilders, the populist who wants to "de-Islamicise" the Netherlands, hoping the dispute will boost his chances in Wednesday's polls. While Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the sanctions are "not too bad" but inappropriate. The Turkish measures have no economic consequences, but certainly won't ease tensions. European Union leaders now calling for calm between the two NATO allies, urging them to defuse the escalating dispute.