Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a restoration of bilateral ties in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, meeting for the first time since the suspension of diplomatic relations between two countries. It is also Erdogan’s first state trip abroad since the attempted coup in Turkey in July.
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Putin: “Your visit today despite the complicated political situation in Turkey shows that all of us want to resume our dialogue and restore our relations in the interests of the people of Turkey and Russia.”
Putin: “I know that I was among the first ones to call you and to express my support in coping with the political crisis related to the coup attempt.”
Putin: “And I want to express my hope for the Turkish people to manage this problem under your leadership. I hope that law and order will be restored.”
Erdogan: “Your call just after the coup attempt cheered me, my colleagues and our people.”
Erdogan: “Our people showed that they are against any coup attempts and that they want democracy when they organised the rally.”
Erdogan: “A lot is expected from us in the region from a political point of view. I believe that our cooperation will greatly contribute to the solution of many regional problems.”
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