Saakashvili: Coup in Turkey Ended Badly for the Rebels and Putin

Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

16th July, 2016


“We spent a sleepless night, but from the beginning of the coup I was told that it will end badly for Putin and the military, and good for democracy and our allies in Turkey,” Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook.

As a reminder, Moscow expressed support for the legally elected authorities of Turkey.

A group of soldiers on behalf of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces on Friday announced the transition of power in the country into their hands and dismissed the Turkish leadership. The rebels took tanks to the streets of Ankara and Istanbul and shelled the Parliament building, as well as deployed helicopters, which opened fire on the population.

After reports of the outbreak of hostilities, Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim stated it was an attempted military coup in the country and that the government continues to work. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan made an appeal to the people, promising to punish the organizers of the coup and called on citizens to take to the streets.

Reports of gunfire came from the area of Ataturk airport in Istanbul. Aeroflot launched a flight from Moscow en route to Istanbul and landed it in Simferopol. Later, the aircraft returned to Moscow. The airport of Istanbul began to take flights from 06.00 GMT.

Commenting on the situation in Turkey, the Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin constantly receives information about these events.

Later the national intelligence of Turkey spoke about the failure of the military coup, and the identification and arrest of a number of rebellious military. The rebels seized one of the bridges over the Bosphorus, but also surrendered. Erdogan spoke about taking the situation back under control of the authorities.

The Turkish Justice Ministry said that the armed coup in Turkey was created by opposition supporters  of the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, residing in the United States. 

In the course of the events 161+ people were killed, and more than 1400 were injured.

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