Erdogan spokesman says Turkey can not accept German stance

Germany Summons Turkish Ambassador over Activists' Arrests

The Turkish president, said Hardt, "is absolutely irrational from my point of view, he is hurtful to his country".

"If respectable German companies are suddenly put on "black lists" and branded as supporters of terrorism then this amounts to a climate that makes new business and investments in Turkey extremely hard", Zypries said. "I hope they give up this policy".

The foreign ministry in Ankara said Turkey would not make concessions on its judicial independence and struggle against terrorism "for financial matters such as loans, funds or the [European] Customs Union".

"As a country providing shelter to PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] &FETO [Fetullah Gulen's movement] terrorists in its own territory, statements by Germany are just double standards&unacceptable", Cavusolgu said on Twitter.

"Merkel: The measures announced by the Foreign Minister against Turkey are necessary and unavoidable", government spokesman Steffen Seibert tweeted.

"We have urged Turkey to quickly clarify the grounds for the accusations against him", said Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom.

Amnesty International's secretary general, Salil Shetty, said the decision to keep six of the activists in detention "shows that truth and justice have become total strangers in Turkey".

Turkish deputy prime minister Mehmet Simsek said on Thursday the reports were untrue. "It is unthinkable for us to endanger the lives of any country's soldiers, and we expect the same from other countries", Kalin said.

He said the lack of concrete evidence can produce "an atmosphere of arbitrariness leader to fear, self-censorship and a chilling effect within Turkish civil society".

The move prompted Germany to summon the Turkish ambassador to Berlin and raise the possibility of suspending aid sent to Turkey.


Germany last month pulled out its 260 military personnel from Turkey's Incirlik base, from where a multinational coalition is fighting the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria, and redeployed them in Jordan.

Many companies have also been seized on allegations of links to terrorism.

He said the detained German citizen attended a human rights seminar and was not an expert on Turkey. "There is no such thing".

"You need to deliver these terrorists to Turkey", he said. Only China, at $25.4bn, exported more to Turkey.

Germany was Turkey's top export destination in 2016, buying $14bn worth of Turkish goods. It said Turkey was Germany's No. 15 export destination and No. 16 source of imports previous year.

-Germany warned its citizens to exercise caution if traveling to Turkey and threatened measures that could hinder German investment there in a sign of growing impatience with a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally following the detention of rights activists.

"There is no official offer of a swap", Gabriel said.

Gabriel also cast doubt on the future of government export guarantees for German companies' investments in Turkey in light of the threat of "arbitrary expropriations for political reasons".

Berlin/Ankara: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday blasted Turkey's detention of six human rights activists, including a German, and pledged to work for his release.

"Foreign ministry sites are not always informed in a timely manner about the detention of German citizens, and access to consular services is not always ensured", it added.

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