Erdogan: Gulen tires to undermine Russia-Turkey relationsTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on August 9 to restore ties, which were severely damaged after downed Russian jet near Syrian border in November.The talks began amicably, with both leaders expressing their intention to work toward mending the cracked relationships.The visit marked a first since last November when the crisis in relations between the countries started and is also Erdogan’s first foreign visit after a failed coup attempt in Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that organization led by Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen has made efforts to undermine Turkey-Russia relations, Sputnik International reported.
“Today we understand even more clearly that terrorist organization of Fethullah Gulen and those powers that stand behind him, have been undermining our relations with you,” Erdogan said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and representatives of two countries’ business.
Meanwhile, Erdogan expressed happiness over Russia’s high-level phone call after the failed coup attempt.
In turn, commenting on the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, Putin said that Russia was against all manners of coup attempts and any kind of unlawful attempts to unseat legitimate governments, adding that the developments would be beneficial for the two countries.
On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.
However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people excluding the coup plotters and over 2,000 people were wounded.Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20.