Turkey says German comments on Erdogan’s planned rallies “unacceptable”



ANKARA, June 29 (Reuters) - Turkey lashed out on Thursday at
German politicians for opposing President Tayyip Erdogan's
planned public appearances in Germany outside the G20 summit,
saying they underlined double standards against Ankara.
    Earlier on Thursday, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel
said the German government believed it would be inappropriate
for Erdogan to make the appearances given tensions between the
two NATO allies. [nA5N1IW00S]
    "It is regrettable that some politicians in Germany are
making unacceptable comments with domestic political
calculations," Turkey's foreign ministry spokesman, Huseyin
Muftuoglu, said in a statement.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts leaders of the G20
leading economies at a summit in Hamburg on July 7-8.
    Muftuoglu also appeared to take a swipe at former European
Parliament President Martin Schulz, who earlier this week
referred to Erdogan as an "autocratic ruler".
    "The approach of the person who has chaired the European
Parliament... once again underlines the true face of the
mentality we are facing and their double standards," he said.
    Schulz, who served as president of the European Parliament
from 2012 to January of this year, likened Erdogan to Russian
President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, saying
Europe must become stronger in response to a weakening of
democracy elsewhere.
    "There are some in the G20 that behave like autocratic
rulers: Turkish President Erdogan, Russian President Putin and
also U.S. President Trump," he said. [nL8N1JK4JY]

 (Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by David Dolan)
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