The Netherlands have barred Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu from landing in the Netherlands today, in what is an escalating and very interesting turn of events. CNN Turk stated he was denied a flight permit. NOS said he was denied a landing permit.
Cavusoglu was planning to have a rally in Rotterdam at the Turkish consul’s house, after having no options for a public place anymore. The Dutch government already said he wasn’t welcome multiple times, but said that would allow him because he was still a minister of a ‘NATO-ally’.
The Erdogan response, very classy:
— CNN Türk ENG (@CNNTURK_ENG) 11 maart 2017
Who needs enemies when you have Erdogan as a friend?
Cavusoglu and other Erdogan cronies time and time again proved that with friends like this you don’t need enemies. Culminating in Cavusoglu threatening this Saturday, before departing, with heavy political and economical sanctions to the Netherlands if he wasn’t allowed to enter the country.
But the Erdogan-fanboys gambled too much this time, underestimating the backbone of a Dutch politician on the electoral campaign trail. Mark Rutte now scores a moral victory at the cost of foreign relations, showing that a Dutch politician can have a spine – but only when it’s election time.
Here’s Mark Rutte’s statement, still quite a calm one: