Putin congratulates Turkish President Erdogan on his 70th birthday-UPDATED

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Türkiye and Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation on the occasion of the Turkish leader’s 70th birthday, according to the Turkish presidential administration, APA reports citing TASS.

"Our president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held a telephone conversation with the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin," the administration stated. "In the course of the conversation, the president of Russia congratulated President Erdogan on his birthday. Putin thanked our president for his contribution to the development of friendly Turkish-Russian relations."

The Russian and Turkish leaders previously held a telephone conversation in October 2023. During that conversation, the presidents focused on developments in the Middle East, particularly the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the region.

Erdogan, who has served as president of Turkey since August 2014, is celebrating his 70th birthday on Monday and, according to previous reports, no special celebrations have been planned to mark the occasion.

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Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday spoke by phone with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the country’s Communications Directorate said, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

During the call, Putin expressed his birthday greetings to President Erdogan.

In addition, Putin expressed gratitude to Erdogan for his contributions to the development of friendly Türkiye-Russia relations, the directorate said on X.

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