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Turkey warns Netherlands of 'severe sanctions'

Tensions between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners escalated after the Dutch government barred Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu's plane from landing in Rotterdam.

But the foreign minister said he would visit Rotterdam regardless, as he accused the government of effectively taking Turkish citizens hostage by banning the meeting. "Lets see how your planes will come to Turkey".

Mr Cavusoglu was originally scheduled to speak at a rally in support of a Yes vote in a referendum which would give Mr Erdogan greatly increased powers. They are Nazi remnants.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires Saturday following the decision to bar Cavusoglu's flight.

Aboutaleb, who has been Rotterdam's mayor since 2009, is a naturalized Moroccan immigrant and a Muslim. Turkey, he added, would respond with economic and political sanctions if he was refused entry. We will not accept that.

Cavusoglu said on Saturday he would fly to the Netherlands despite the rally being cancelled.

TRT World's Kilmeny Duchardt reports from Ankara. The campaign has been dominated by issues of identity, with anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders set to make strong gains.

He went as far as launching a political campaign which calls for the religion to be banned.

Earlier Saturday, Cavusoglu had warned that Turkey would impose "sanctions" on the Netherlands if his flight was canceled, according to local Turkish media.

Officials in several major European cities have banned rallies by senior Turkish politicians to promote a a constitutional referendum among members of Turkey's European diaspora. "It should be noted that, in this respect, the Turkish government does not want to respect those rules".

Mr Cavusoglu said Turkey would present a final text to the bloc on progress of the deal "and either it will all be cancelled, including the visa liberalisation and migrant deal, or it will all be implemented".

Similar cancelations in Germany led Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to accuse Berlin of "Nazi practices", a jibe which drew a sharp rebuke from Germany's leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, who labeled the comparison as "unacceptable".

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