Turkey warned its citizens wishing to travel on Saturday January 28 against religious intolerance in Europe and racism in the United States, the day after a call for vigilance from Western countries to their nationals in the face of the risk of attacks on Turkish soil.
This call - from Washington, Paris, Berlin or Rome - to avoid crowds and tourist places in Turkey came after copies of the Koran were set on fire in Sweden and Denmark during anti-Turkish demonstrations.
A notice from the Turkish Foreign Ministry tells Turkish tourists that there are “
dangerous levels of religious intolerance and hatred in Europe
Another press release assures that “
there have recently been verbal and physical attacks against foreigners and racist acts in the United States
NATO at the heart of tensions
These tensions have redoubled since May, in a context of Turkey's blocking of the expansion of the Atlantic Alliance (NATO) to Sweden and Finland, demanding in particular from Stockholm the extradition of Kurdish refugees whom Ankara considers to be “
Turkey and Hungary are the only NATO countries that have not yet proceeded to parliamentary ratification of Sweden and Finland joining the Alliance.
Hungary is expected to finalize it next month.
Seeking to reinvigorate his base's support ahead of Turkey's upcoming mid-May presidential election, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that Sweden can no longer count on Turkey's "
" to join Turkey. NATO.
Negotiations are officially suspended.