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Turkey summons German envoy over reports of spying

Published on Aug 18, 2014 8:13 PM

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey said it had summoned the German ambassador on Monday to demand an explanation for reports that Berlin has been spying on the country for years.

German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Sunday that the country's BND secret service had spied on Turkey since 2009 and had listened in on at least one telephone conversation of United States Secretary of State John Kerry.

Ambassador Eberhard Pohl was asked to provide a "formal and satisfactory explanation" over the reports and was told that if the claims were true, Germany should "immediately stop any spying activity targeting Turkey", the ministry said in a statement.

"Such practices would not be acceptable in an environment that requires mutual trust and respect between friends and allies," the ministry said. "If the allegations have the slightest element of truth, it would create a serious situation that would need to be explained by Germany."

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