“The Netherlands is going to pay for this,” roared Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 2017. He was reacting to the Dutch government’s refusal to let Turkish ministers campaign in Rotterdam ahead of the April referendum.
Turkey started to apply sanctions to the Netherlands and asked for an apology. Ankara withdrew its ambassador and asked the Dutch ambassador, who was outside of Turkey at the time, not to come back.
Whether the Netherlands paid the desired cost and offered the desired apology is not very clear but the two countries decided to normalize their relations last July and appointed envoys to each other’s capitals. The Dutch foreign minister is expected to visit Turkey next month.
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