Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters in Kastamonu, Turkey, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan slammed Bulgaria Thursday for "putting pressure" on expatriate Turks living there ahead of a parliamentary election amid rising tension between the two neighbors.Bulgaria also expelled a Turkish citizen and banned two others from entering the country, after reports a Turkish minister had campaigned for the DOST party that represents Bulgarian Turks, the country's largest ethnic minority.Bulgaria's ethnic Turks are estimated to total more than half a million in a total population of 7.2 million. More than 400,000 Bulgarian nationals live in Turkey, most of them Bulgarian Turks descended from Ottoman-era Turkish settlers in the Balkans.
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