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Russian lawmaker thinks Erdogan will continue course toward rapprochement with Moscow

July 16, 2016, 19:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"The attempted coup in Turkey may be followed by serious changes in the domestic and foreign policy of the country," Frants Klintsevich said

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MOSCOW, July 16. /TASS/. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will continue the course toward rapprochement with Russia after the failed military coup attempt overnight to July 16, First Deputy Chairman of Russian Federation Council’s Committee on Defense and Security Frants Klintsevich said on Saturday.

"The attempted coup in Turkey may be followed by serious changes in the domestic and foreign policy of the country," Klintsevich told journalists adding that a lot will be defined by which lessons the Turkish president will learn from this.

One can expect that Erdogan will make steps to improve relations with Russia, the lawmaker said. "I think that the course toward rapprochement with Russia will be continued by Erdogan. Moreover, I am waiting for his new initiatives to develop and broaden Russian-Turkish relations. At difficult times for Turkey, Russia firmly demonstrated support for the democratically elected government," Klintsevich said.

In the wake of quashing the coup attempt, Erdogan "may be tempted to restrict democratic freedoms, to concentrate the power in his hands, and such measures will most likely be supported by the vast majority of the population," he added. "This will probably help to stabilize the situation for some time, but Turkey still remains pregnant with a military coup," the lawmaker concluded.

A group of insurgents attempted a coup in Turkey overnight to Saturday. Bombs were dropped on the parliament building and the presidential palace in Ankara. The country’s leadership later said that the coup was quashed. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the situation is under the control of the official government.

According to Turkey’s prime minister, 161 people died and 1,440 more were injured, not including participants in the coup attempt. Turkish authorities said that 2,839 military were detained after the coup attempt.

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