Erdogan said that requests for Tatarstan and Dagestan “find an answer”

Erdogan said that requests for Tatarstan and Dagestan “find an answer”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his relations with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are based on honesty. He made the statement in a speech to young people in the city of Bilecik, TRT Haber TV channel reported. The head of state assured that his relations with Putin are based on honesty and that Turkey’s requests regarding Dagestan and Tatarstan “find an answer.

“In relations with Russia we have respect, trust. And my relations with Mr. Putin are based on honesty. And all our requests concerning Tatarstan, Dagestan and all these regions find an answer,” he said.

Earlier, on January 15, at a meeting with young people in the city of Mugla, Erdogan said that Turkey had maintained relations with Russia and personally with Putin while “everybody was attacking” the country. In November, he said he thought the negative attitude of Western leaders toward Putin was wrong.

“If you show negative approaches to a state like Russia, he (Putin. – RBC) will assert himself as a leader without being harassed,” the Turkish president noted.

In 2021, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MNP) Devlet Bahçeli (who is in coalition with the ruling Justice and Development Party) gave Erdoğan a map of the “Turkic world” on which almost 20 Russian regions were included, including Tatarstan and Dagestan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saw “nothing shameful” in the gift and said that the Turkish side seeks to maintain ties with its “tribesmen.”

“And we have such a habitat of our tribesmen and our compatriots, we can also paint the world map in certain colors, giving them different tones,” the minister said.

He added that the Foreign Ministry is “normal” to Turkey’s cultural cooperation with other Turkic-speaking peoples, as long as it involves the maintenance of linguistic traditions, humanitarian and educational exchanges.

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