President Erdoğan expresses support for Putin against rebellion
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday held a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he expressed his country’s readiness to do its part for a peaceful resolution of incidents in Russia as soon as possible, according to Azerbaijan in Focus, reporting Daily Sabah.
According to a statement by the Turkish Communications Directorate, Erdoğan and Putin addressed the latest developments in Russia after Wagner launched an armed rebellion against the Russian state.
During the call, Erdoğan stressed the significance of acting with common sense.
The statement noted that “no one should take it upon themselves to take action in the face of the situation in Russia.”
“In this sense, we as Türkiye stand ready to do our part in order for the incidents to be resolved in a calm and peaceful manner,” Erdoğan said, according to the statement.
Putin accused Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin of treason in a national address on Saturday, after the paramilitary fighters crossed the border from Ukraine into Russia, entering the city of Rostov-on-Don.
Prigozhin accused Russian forces of attacking his fighters, a claim Moscow denies.
Prigozhin has, in recent months, repeatedly accused the Russian Defense Ministry and Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu of not supplying sufficient arms to the paramilitary group.
Wagner has been fighting alongside the Russian army in Ukraine.