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Russian MP says Kerry’s words on possibly excluding Turkey from NATO are empty threat

July 19, 2016, 19:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A Russian lawmaker comments on US State Secretary Kerry's threat Turkey might be excluded if the rules of democracy are forgotten during purges

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MOSCOW, July 19. /TASS/. US State Secretary John Kerry’s statement that Turkey may be excluded from NATO is "an absolutely empty threat," Chairman of Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Alexey Pushkov said on Tuesday.

"Kerry threatened Turkey with excluding it from NATO, if the rules of democracy are forgotten during purges. Absolutely empty threat. (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan knows this," Pushkov wrote on his Twitter microblog.

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 latest reports, about 200 people died and 1,491 more were injured. Over 6,000 people were arrested after a failed coup attempt. Over 7,500 people were detained on suspicion of involvement into the coup attempt. Among them are two presidential adjutants, 100 policemen, 6,038 servicemen and 755 judges and prosecutors.

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