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President urges Russia’s Vladimir Putin to act with ‘common sense’ after armed mutiny

President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

*President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey urges his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, to act with common sense  amid the internal armed mutiny against the latter’s leadership towards ensuring ‘a peaceful resolution’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As the Russian mercenary fighters began an armed mutiny against the country’s leadership overnight at the weekend,

President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has urged his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, to act with common sense, Turkish Presidency source said.

Erdogan, who spoke with Putin on phone, was among the first leaders to call the Russian President after his address to the citizens, agency report said.

Putin, who described the Wagner Group’s actions as “treason” in an emergency televised address to Russians, said anyone who had taken up arms against the Russian military would be punished.

The Turkish Presidency also disclosed the two leaders discussed recent developments in Russia, and Erdogan told Putin on clear terms, that Turkey is ready to do its part to help bring about a peaceful resolution.

Turkey Presidency further said: “It was stressed during the call that no one should take it upon themselves to take action in the face of the situation in Russia.”

In response to the socio-political tension in Russia, the Kremlin said in a separate statement that Erdogan had backed the Russian Government’s handling of the mutiny during the conversation with Putin.

The Turkish leader has sought to maintain strong ties with both Moscow and Kyiv since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, report noted.

It should also be noted that Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), has refused to join its Western allies in imposing economic sanctions on Russia, but it has also supplied arms to Ukraine and called for its sovereignty to be respected.

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