Erdogan vs. Italy: “Italy should be handling the mafia, not my son business”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that an Italian investigation involving his son could put Turkey’s relations with Italy “in difficulty”. During an interview on RAI News 24, Erdogan said Italy “should be handling the mafia instead”. Prosecutors in the northern city of Bologna are investigating Erdogan’s son Bilal, who is studying at John Hopkins University there, as part of a money laundering probe.(ANSA)

Italian PM Matteo Renzi replied with a tweet saying: “Italy respects rule of law and judges apply the Constitution, not what Turkish president says”. (Corriere della Sera)

If the European Union is not liberalizing the visa regime for citizens of Turkey, Ankara will not comply with the agreement on migrants,” Erdogan also told the Italian RaiNews24 broadcaster in an interview. (Repubblica)

Erdogan also criticized EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini for not coming to Turkey after the coup on July 15. (Corriere della Sera)