Widely circulated reports by international media on Thursday of Turkey stopping all exports and imports to and from Israel generated a heated response by Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz, who took to X to post that “…”This is how a dictator behaves, disregarding the interests of the Turkish people and businessmen, and ignoring international trade agreements.”

He was referring to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, saying the latter was breaking agreements by blocking ports for Israeli imports and exports.

According to Bloomberg, the Turkish presidency, the foreign and trade ministries were not immediately available for comment.

Katz added that he has instructed the ministry to work to seek alternatives by relying on local production and imports from other countries.

Bilateral trade between the two countries exceeded 6.8 billion USD in 2023.

Bloomberg reported on Thursday that Turkey had stopped citing two Turkish officials.

The two countries had a trade volume of $6.8 billion in 2023.