Turkish foreign minister thanks Putin for coup warning: “Russia provided Turkey with unconditional support”

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July 25, 2016


Translated from Russian by Kristina Kharlova

The head of Turkish Foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu thanked Russia for supporting Turkey during the military coup in the republic. In particular, the minister expressed gratitude to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Last week, rumors spread that Russia had warned Turkey about the planned rebellion a few hours before it began. However, the Kremlin did not confirm this information.

Cavusoglu announced on TV channel Haberturk that Russia provided “Turkey with unconditional support during the military coup”. “We thank President Vladimir Putin and all Russian officials for their support,” said Minister of foreign affairs of Turkey, quoted by “Interfax”.

Last week information appeared in the press that supposedly Moscow warned Ankara about the impending coup a few hours before its start. This, in particular, was reported by Iranian news Agency FARS, with reference to several Arab media outlets, who learned about it from sources in diplomatic circles. It was noted that the Russian military had intercepted coded radio messages and critical information exchanged between the organizers of the rebellion. Then Moscow passed the evidence of the preparation of the coup to the National intelligence organization of Turkey (MIT).

However, the Kremlin was unable to confirm information published by FARS. “I do not have this information,” – said the press secretary of the president, Dmitry Peskov. A Kremlin spokesman also said he did not know which sources were cited by the Iranian news agency.

However, the day before rumors that Moscow warned Ankara about the coup, the Turkish Armed forces officially stated that the national intelligence organization received information about a coup in the country a few hours before it began. Heads of the General staff were informed about the impending rebellion.

Turkish foreign Minister: Putin and Erdogan will meet in August, before the G20 summit

Cavusoglu also confirmed that the meeting between Putin and Erdogan will be held in August. “Before the G20 meeting in August there will be a meeting of the presidents of Turkey and Russia, where important topics will be discussed. There are some economic sanctions, there are also various assumptions in connection with the incident surrounding the downed aircraft”, – said the head of Turkish foreign ministry on TV channel Haberturk.

Earlier, the press secretary of the president of Russian Federation said that Putin and Erdogan will meet in the first week of August in one of the Russian cities. It was noted that the exact date and place of the meeting are still being discussed.

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