The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of nine countries, including those who closed consulates in Istanbul
The ambassadors of nine countries, including those that have closed consulates in Istanbul, have been summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, TRT Haber TV channel reported.
Earlier, the consulates General of Sweden, the Netherlands, Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Germany in Istanbul announced that they had stopped accepting visitors due to the threat of terrorist attacks in the city center. The Consulate of the Russian Federation reported that it continues to operate normally. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu on Thursday called the closure of a number of European countries of their consulates in Istanbul a “psychological war” against the country amid statements from the United States about the threat of terrorist attacks.
“Urgent news: The ambassadors of nine countries, including countries that have closed their consulates, have been summoned to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the TV channel reported.
At the moment, six European countries have closed their consulates in Istanbul. The TV channel did not specify the data on the ambassadors of the other three states.
Earlier, the US Embassy warned its citizens on Monday about the danger of terrorist attacks in the center of Istanbul, the targets may be churches, synagogues, diplomatic missions in Istanbul or other places popular among foreigners, especially the Istanbul districts of Beyoglu, Galata, Taksim, Istiklal Street.
Last week, the US Embassy also warned about the likelihood of terrorist attacks against the background of the situation with the burning of copies of the Koran in Europe by the far-right. The French diplomatic mission then issued a similar warning, citing information from the American embassy.