Erdogan Accuses Bulgaria of Unacceptable Pressure on Turks Before Elections

Turkish European minister Omer Celik

Turkish European minister Omer Celik

Sofia has accused Ankara of interference in its election on behalf of the DOST party that represents Bulgarian Turks, the country's largest ethnic minority.

"It seriously upsets us to see and hear that pressure is being exerted there [Bulgaria]", Erdoğan said at a conference in Ankara.

Germany and the Netherlands, both home to many expatriate Turks with the right to vote in the referendum, have said the decision to ban several planned rallies was taken on security grounds and was not politically motivated.

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A spokesman for the Swiss foreign ministry confirmed Ankara had summoned its envoy and said the incident would be investigated.

Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been severely strained during the election campaign as Turkish officials including Ankara's envoy to Sofia back the Dost party.

BNR Bulgarian public radio reported from the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa that Turks who wanted to travel to Bulgaria for the vote were offered free transport by Turkey.

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Addressing representatives of Balkans' migrant groups on Thursday, Erdogan said he hoped for "fair and transparent" parliamentary elections there on Sunday.

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev later responded by saying his country would not accept democracy lessons from Turkey.

As the row showed no signs of abating, Erdogan warned on Wednesday that Europeans risked being unsafe on the world's streets if Europe continued to "behave like this".

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Turkey's dispute with the European Union erupted earlier this month after Germany and the Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from holding rallies to secure a "Yes" vote in the next month's referendum on expanding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

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