Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed his appreciation to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the "unconditional support" to the government of the republic against which a military coup attempt was staged. "Russia has expressed unconditional support to us. First of all, I’d like to thank Mr. Putin and other Russian officials," Cavusoglu said.
The diplomat also noted that a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be held in August before the Group of Twenty (G20) summit. "This meeting will focus on removing the economic barriers and on other steps to restore bilateral relations," the Turkish foreign minister said.
On the night to July 16, the military coup attempt was carried out in Turkey. The main standoff was in Ankara and Istanbul. Turkish authorities announced that the coup was suppressed. According to the latest information, 290 people were killed and about 1,440 injured in the clashes. On July 20, Erdogan declared a state of emergency in Turkey for three months.