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EU summons Turkish delegate over Erdogan comments

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Kastamonu, Turkey, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct. (Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Kastamonu, Turkey, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct. (Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • People walk past a billboard with an image of Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that reads "Yes " in Turkish, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    People walk past a billboard with an image of Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that reads "Yes " in Turkish, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union has summoned Turkey's permanent representative to the bloc to explain what many have seen as threatening language by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan warned Wednesday that Europeans would not be able to walk the streets safely if European nations persist in what he called arrogant conduct. The remarks were his latest amid tensions over Dutch and German restrictions on Turkish ministers seeking to hold campaign meetings with Turkish citizens.

EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said the foreign affairs office "actually asked the Turkish permanent delegate to the EU to come," adding "we would like to receive an explanation regarding the comment by President Erdogan concerning the safety of the Europeans on the streets in the world."