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Putin congratulates ‘good friend‘ Erdogan after Turkish elections

The Russian president paid tribute to his counterpart’s “independent foreign policy” after he won reelection

Vladimir Putin (r) shakes hands with Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, September 16, 2022 ©  AP / Alexandr Demyanchuk

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on winning a third term in office on Sunday. Putin thanked Erdogan for his

Putin wrote in a message to Erdogan.

Putin concluded.

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and Erdogan himself as

Ankara has sold Bayraktar TB2 strike and reconnaissance drones and Kipri mine-resistant armored vehicles to Kiev, prompting a rebuke from Moscow this week.

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“Arms and military equipment supplies to the Kiev regime…are at odds with the role of a mediator,” Russian diplomat Yury Pilipson told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

However, Erdogan’s victory means the continuation of stable relations between Moscow and Ankara. Erdogan and Putin have known one another for decades, and have met on multiple occasions since the conflict in Ukraine began. Kilicdaroglu, on the other hand, baselessly accused Russia of meddling in this month’s elections and promised closer alignment with the EU and NATO.

“You need a balanced approach towards a country such as Russia,” Erdogan told CNN earlier this month, adding that “we are a strong state and we have a positive relationship with Russia.”


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