Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday said that the Netherlands was acting like a "banana republic" as he urged sanctions amid row between the two countries.
A banana republic is a small state that is politically unstable due to the domination of its economy by a single export controlled by foreign capital.
“I call on international organizations in Europe and elsewhere to impose sanctions on the Netherlands,” Erdogan said. “Has Europe said anything? No. Why? Because they don’t bite each other. The Netherlands are acting like a banana republic.”
Erdogan’s remarks come after Netherlands authorities banned a Turkish rally in the Netherlands. The Dutch government refused to let Turkish foreign minister’s plane land in the country and later barred Turkish family minister from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam where the rally was planned. It said that there was risk of Turkish political divisions flowing over into its own Turkish minority.
The rally was expected as Turkey is holding a referendum that would gave the presidency sweeping new powers. There are a large number of Turks living in Europe, especially in Germany and the Netherlands.
Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu described the Netherlands as the “capital of fascism”.
Relations between Turkey and EU countries have been strained in recent months.
Earlier, Erdogan accused Germany of “Nazi practices” after similar events there were cancelled.