The Serbian foreign minister has claimed that the attempted Coup in Turkey last week was masterminded by forces attempting to destroy relations between Russia and Turkey.
Ivica Dacic has condemned Friday’s coup attempt, saying that the violent ‘uprising’ had no chance of bringing anything good to Turkish citizens.
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“I am sure that the coup [in Turkey] has a lot of influences from the outside…. It is now clear that the Russian plane was taken down by the pilot who belonged to the same group as those behind the coup, and now that Turkey renewed its ties with Russia, it clearly did not suit someone,” Ivica Dacic said as quoted by b92 broadcaster.
Relations between Moscow and Ankara deteriorated when the Russian Su-24 attack aircraft was shot on November 24, 2015, by a Turkish fighter near the Turkish border in Syria. In June, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized for the air incident, in a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
By doing so Ankara fulfilled Moscow’s condition for restoring the long-term partnership between the two countries.
The letter also said a legal case was launched against a Turkish citizen suspected of involvement in the death of the downed plane’s pilot, which was another precondition.
On June 29, Erdogan and Putin agreed in a phone talk to meet in person later this year.
Putin then lifted the ban on charter flights to Turkey and ordered the government to negotiate trade revival with Ankara.