Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen has blocked Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yilderim from entering the country in response to Erdogan’s rhetorical attacks on the Netherlands.
The call for banning Turkish official comes after Erdogan, Turkey’s president, warned the Netherlands that it will pay for banning his country’s ministers.
Turkish relations with EU countries are on the brink of collapse as Denmark’s prime minister joined other Brussels members in banning Ankara ministers from official visits.
Denmark’s prime minister said that under normal circumstances it would be a pleasure to greet Yilderim in Copenhagen.
“With the current rhetorical attacks by Turkey against the Netherlands, a new meeting cannot be seen isolated from that. I have therefore suggested to my Turkish colleague that our meeting is postponed,” he added.
Erdogan has accused the Dutch of behaving like a “banana republic”.
“If you can sacrifice Turkish-Dutch relations for an election on Wednesday, you will pay the price. I thought Nazism was over, but I was wrong. In fact, Nazism is alive in the west,” Erdogan said during a speech in Istanbul.
The dispute between the Dutch and Turkish governments came after Erdogan criticized Germany’s government, and compared it with that of the Nazi era.