Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement on the 10 ambassadors, who called for the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on Osman Kavala to be implemented, is provoking reactions in Europe. According to the Turkish president, these ambassadors will either have to understand Turkey or they will have to leave the country.
The commission has “closely monitored” developments in connection with Erdogan’s announcement, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Peter Stano.
Answering a relevant question, as reported by the Athens News Agency, Mr. Stano noted that “the whole situation is a serious issue, but we understand that the countries have not yet been informed of any action, so at this point I will refrain from commenting. issue”.
Berlin was informed of the statements “with concern” and “without understanding”
At the same time, “with concern” and “without understanding”, the German government was informed of statements by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan regarding the designation of 10 foreign ambassadors – including the German – as “undesirable persons”. for the Kavala case, said government spokesman Stephen Seibert recently.
It was clarified, however, that for the time being there has been no official verbal communication from the Turkish side, but such a step would be “contrary to the depth and importance of our bilateral relations with Turkey and would not be compatible with the behavior between its allies.” NATO “.
“We have certainly heard from the press about President Erdogan’s statements, but so far we have not received any such announcement or anything like that through diplomacy,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Andrea Zase. with the other countries concerned.
“From our point of view, such a step would be contrary to the depth and importance of our bilateral relations with Turkey and would not be compatible with the behavior between NATO allies. It is clear to us that our action in Turkey and beyond is always compatible with the rules of the Vienna Treaty on Diplomatic Relations. “It was like that and it will remain like that”, stressed Mrs. Zase.
Responding to a question from APE-MPE about whether Chancellor Angela Merkel would have canceled her visit to Istanbul if his statements Erdogan Seibert spoke of a “hypothetical question”, but clarified that the chancellor made the visit because “Germany’s relationship with Turkey is a very important one for our foreign policy”.
We have repeatedly emphasized this, the representative pointed out and added: “We are partners in NATO, due to the fact that we have 3-4 million people with Turkish roots in the country and we have a kind of human bridge between the two countries and this was reflected in the visit. “At the same time, every time the chancellor has spoken to the Turkish president in the past – and so he did during his visit to Istanbul – he has expressed concerns about developments in the rule of law.”