Published: Sun, July 17, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

World leaders call for calm following failed Turkey coup

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that President Vladimir Putin was being kept constantly updated on the situation in Turkey, where the government has said a military coup attempt is underway.

Earlier in the day, Russian air carriers were provisionally barred from flights to Turkey amid a military coup attempt in the country. I call for calm and restraint, and full respect for Turkey's democratic institutions and its constitution.

"Moscow is very concerned about the recent events in the Republic of Turkey. Turkey is a valued NATO Ally".

"The flare-up of the domestic political situation against the backdrop of the existing terrorist threats in this country and the armed conflict in the region brings a heightened risk to worldwide and regional stability".

Putin in a phone call with the two leaders expressed his concerns about the state of a shaky truce between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine who have been fighting each other since 2014, the Kremlin said.

Erdogan has rejected the smuggling charges as slander.

He added that Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed relevant government departments to ensure the security of Russians staying in Turkey and the opportunities of them returning home.

"We reaffirm readiness to work... with the elected leadership of the Republic of Turkey to advance bilateral relations for the benefit of our peoples and to find effective solutions to pressing global issues, primarily related to countering the threat of terrorism", the statement added.

Saudi Arabia welcomed Mr Erdogan's success in prevailing against a coup attempt, state news agency SPA quoted a foreign ministry official as saying on Saturday.

It was the first official comment by the world's top oil exporter on the coup.

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