Russia against all coup bids, Putin tells Erdogan

Baku, August 9, AZERTAC

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the country is against "all kinds" of coup attempts during his first meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the downing of a Russian warplane last November, according to Anadolu Agency.

In remarks made to the media at the Constantine Palace in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, Putin said: "We are against all kinds of coup attempts."

"I would like to remind you of our principal attitude. We are against all attempts that are against the constitution. I hope under your management the Turkish people will overcome this problem," Putin said, referring to the July 15 coup attempt by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in Turkey.

The Russian president also said despite the tumultuous times of Turkey's internal politics, Erdogan's visit was "a sign of normalizing ties".

"The restoration of bilateral ties would benefit both Turkey and Russia," Putin said.

Erdogan agreed with Putin and said Turkish-Russian solidarity would also help in resolving regional issues.

"Our region has political expectations of Turkey and Russia," Erdogan said. "Turkey-Russia ties have entered into a very different and positive phase," Erdogan said.

The Turkish president also said he appreciated his Russian counterpart’s support following the defeated July 15 coup.

“Your call after the coup attempt made us happy," he told Putin.

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