Putin congratulates Erdogan on referendum results

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has congratulated his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the results of the referendum on moving Turkey to presidential form of government. As reported on Tuesday, April 18, RIA Novosti, confirmed the official Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“Yes,” he replied to the question, whether Putin congratulated Erdogan.

Also during the telephone talks, the two leaders discussed the situation in Syria. “They stressed the need for strengthening of the cessation of hostilities and the promotion of inter-Syrian negotiation process in Astana and Geneva format,” — said the press service of the Kremlin.

In addition, the parties reiterated the importance of a thorough and impartial international investigation of the incident with the possible use of chemical weapons in Idlib province.

In addition, it is noted that the presidents of Russia and Turkey have agreed “on the continuation of personal contacts”.

Previously, on 18 April, it was reported that congratulating the Turkish leader called the US President Donald trump, for which he later was criticized by some politicians and journalists.

16 April, Turkey held a referendum on amendments to the Constitution. According to preliminary results, the amendment was voted 51.4%. The final results will be announced in 11-12 days after appeals. The opposition alleged violations, in particular, criticized the decision of the electoral Commission to count valid ballots and envelopes without stamps.