Erdogan’s bodyguards not welcome at G20 in Germany

A man is kicked in the face by Erdogan's bodyguards as he lies on the floor outside the Turkish ambassador's residence, 16 May 2017, (VOA Turkish)

Germany said on Monday it does not expect Turkish security and police officers who were charged with assault after an attack on protesters in Washington to accompany Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to next week’s G20 summit in Hamburg.

The charges against some members of Erdogan’s security detail came after a 16 May skirmish during his visit to the US capital last month in which nine protesters were injured outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence.

The episode strained US-Turkey ties at a time when the NATO allies are in sharp disagreement over policy in Syria, and risks inflicting more damage on already soured relations between Ankara and Berlin.