Erdoğan Phoned Putin to Congratulate Him on the Election

pppTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to congratulate him on his party’s huge gain in the parliamentary elections.

According to the Kremlin press office, the two leaders also discussed the Russian-Turkish economic ties as well as recent developments in Syria.

The biggest party supporting Putin scored an overwhelming victory in national parliament elections, winning three-quarters of the seats, the Central Elections Commission reported Monday.

The two leaders are formally on different sides in Syria, with Turkey opposed to the Syrian government, while Moscow is arguably its top ally, alongside Iran.

Putin and Erdoğan appear to have found some common language, however, as they have hailed one another as “friends,” while Erdoğan has suggested that his Western allies have turned their back on Turkey.