“Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has rejected criticism from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his dismissal last week of lower-level officials in Pristina who deported six Turkish citizens with ties to Erdogan’s political foes.

Haradinaj, attending a ceremony on April 2 honoring a national hero who resisted Turkey’s Ottoman empire during the 15th century, said Erdogan should not ‘interfere in the internal affairs of Kosovo,’ just as Pristina does not meddle in Ankara’s affairs.

Erdogan on March 31 had warned that Haradinaj would ‘pay’ after he dismissed his interior minister and intelligence chief for deporting without his permission six Turks with ties to the movement of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Erdogan blames for a failed coup attempt against his government.” (RFE/RL)