Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
On August 9, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin held talks with the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St Petersburg.
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a joint news conference.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, colleagues,
We all know that in previous years, the level and quality of relations between our countries reached an unprecedented high. However, after the tragedy that killed our soldiers in November last year, that relationship plummeted and degraded.
At the same time, despite the very difficult political situation in Turkey, your visit today shows that we all want to resume our dialogue and restore our relations for the benefit of the peoples of Turkey and Russia.
I know I was one of the first to call you and give support about overcoming the internal political crisis caused by the attempted coup. I would like to repeat: it is our position of principle that we always stand up against any attempts to revert to unconstitutional actions.
In this regard, I would like to express hope that the Turkish people will overcome this problem, under your leadership, and that order and constitutional legality will be restored.
Today we will have the opportunity to talk both one-on-one and in an expanded format and discuss the entire scope of our contacts, including the recovery of our trade and economic relations, and cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
I am very pleased to have this opportunity. Welcome!
Condolences of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
On August 21, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin sent his condolences to President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in connection with a terror attack in Gaziantep which killed dozens of Turkish civilians.
“The evil act committed in the midst of a wedding celebration is shocking on its cruelty and obscenity. We have witnessed yet again that terrorism disregards not only the law of civilised society, but also the foundations of human morals,” the Russian leader noted in his message.
The President stressed that the attack was another reminder of the need for a real joint effort from the entire international community in fighting terror, and reiterated Russia’s readiness to engage in comprehensive anti-terror cooperation with its Turkish partners, including cooperation within the framework of the agreements reached in St Petersburg.
Vladimir Putin conveyed his sympathy and support to the victims’ families and friends, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.