1. German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier and Estonian Foreign Minister Juergen Ligi
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3. SOUNDBITE (German) Frank Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister:
"I can't understand at all (Turkish) President Erdogan's comments on the security situation in Germany. Entirely independently of that, even though we want close and constructive relations with Turkey, that cannot lead us to be shy of speaking our minds if from our point of view there is a danger to freedom of the press and opinion. We have not done that, and we won't do it today either."
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5. SOUNDBITE (German) Frank Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister:
"With regard to the (British) high court ruling about the (necessary) involvement of the House of Commons (lower chamber of UK Parliament), we believe that another ruling has to made on the decision, so this is probably not the final decision."
The German foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday he did not understand Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's criticisms of his country regarding its stance on extremism and extradition.
Erdogan harshly criticised Germany, accusing it of "facilitating terror" and slamming comments suggesting Berlin may not extradite suspects wanted by Turkey if it considered the case was politically motivated.
Turning to the recent decision by the British High Court to make the UK government put its EU exit negotiations to a parliamentary vote, Steinmeier said he expected "another ruling to made on the decision."