Erdogan-Putin meeting starts at G20 Hamburg Summit

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump hold a joint press conference after their meeting at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington United States

However, Erdogan also said Germany and Turkey needed each other and on a personal level he did not have a problem with Chancellor Angela Merkel. "As long as the promise given to us is not kept, out parliament will not ratify this", he added.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu joined the discussion between the two leaders.

"This meeting has shown that we have profound differences", she said, and stressed that they had openly discussed these differences, rather than "sweeping them under the carpet".

"I do not regret it at all, because this behavior is one that corresponds to the very definition of Nazism", Erdogan said in an interview with French broadcaster France 24 ahead of his attendance at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday and Saturday.

Erdogan's comments, published on Wednesday, came after he was denied permission to address members of Germany's large Turkish community at a rally.

Turkish relations with Germany reached a new low recently, posing new troubles for the European Union and for the Balkans as well, experts warn. However, German opposition parties fiercely opposed his planned address, putting pressure on the government ahead of a general election in September.

Relations between the two countries have been fraught, deteriorating sharply over Turkey's mass crackdown after a failed coup past year and a host of other civil rights controversies. Ankara has blamed Gulen for orchestrating the coup attempt.

Reports on Turkish media said police were looking for a German citizen who had already left the country.

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