Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan began their meeting in St. Petersburg. They exchanged greetings and promised to discuss a range of issues, including economic relations between the two countries.
Putin noted that the country's leaders will talk in a narrow circle, as well as in a broad circle discussing the recovery of trade and economic relations and the fight against terrorism among others.
Putin also said that he was one of the first who expressed his support for Turkey's president after the coup attempt. "This is our principled position. We always oppose the attempts of unconstitutional actions. I would like to express the hope that the Turkish people will cope with this problem and the constitutional legitimacy will be restored," - he said.
"I am very happy with this opportunity, welcome," - concluded the Russian leader.
Erdogan, in his turn, thanked Putin for the meeting "in this sensitive period" and said that relations between the countries resume its positive course. He said that he was "very pleased" to get a call from Putin after the military coup on 16 July.
"Our process of determination goals is known to you and me, I am confident that our mutual steps will further extend the process of building up the relationships", - concluded the Turkish President.