Russia says Turkey turmoil threatens world stability

July 16, 2016 7:14 pm

People take cover near policemen
as gunfire is heard during an attempted coup in Istanbul’s Taksim
square, , July 16, 2016. ©Reuters

says turmoil in Turkey
poses a threat to regional and international peace and stability,
calling on the Turkish officials to resolve the situation without
violence and within the country’s constitutional framework.

“The
escalation of the political situation (in Turkey) against the backdrop
of existing terrorist threats in this country and of armed conflict in
the region pose heightened risks for international and regional
stability,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on
Saturday.
The statement, which came following a coup attempt in
Turkey, further said Moscow was “gravely concerned” about events inside
the country.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called on “the
authorities and people of Turkey to solve the existing problems without
violence, and to respect the constitutional order.”
The coup
attempt started on Friday evening when tanks took up positions on two
bridges over the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, blocking traffic.
Turkish
officials say the attempt to seize control of the country by a faction
of the armed forces is now over, with 2,839 soldiers, including
high-ranking officers have been arrested.

Damaged vehicles are seen in front of a military vehicle during a coup attempt in Ankara, Turkey, July 16, 2016. ©ReutersTurkey’s
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 161 people had been killed and
1,440 wounded in clashes in a night he called a “black stain on Turkish
democracy.”
Russia ready for joint work with Turkey’s legitimate leadership
Moscow
further reiterated its readiness for constructive cooperation with the
“lawfully elected Turkish government” especially in countering
terrorism.
“We confirm readiness for joint constructive work with
the lawfully elected leadership of the Republic of Turkey to promote
bilateral relations to the benefit of the peoples of our countries, for
the search of efficient ways to solve urgent international issues linked
with anti-terror fight, primarily,” the statement said.
Ties between Moscow and Ankara strained over the Turkish shooting down of a Russian fighter jet last November.
Ankara
argued that the Russian plane strayed into its airspace. Russia,
however, insisted the aircraft did not cross the border and accused
Ankara of “planned provocation.”
Following the incident, Russia imposed a raft of sanctions against Turkey and suspended all military deals with Ankara.
Last
month, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered the revival of ties
with Turkey after the Kremlin said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had apologized to the Russian leader over the shooting down incident.

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