Russia offered to help Turkey's Erdogan on night of failed coup - Kathimerini
Russia offered support to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the form of two navy vessels anchored in the Aegean Sea during the July 2016 coup attempt and the day after, reported Greek daily Kathimerini on Monday.
Upon further inquiry on claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin called Erdogan on the night of July 15, 2016 during a coup attempt against Erdogan’s government to offer support from Russian troops deployed on a Greek island, Kathimerini’s “well-informed sources” said the offer did in fact happen, but not by troops on Greek soil. However, according to same report,
Reports that emerged last week suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin had called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the night of July 15, 1016, to offer him the support of Russian special forces, were not absolutely accurate.
Last week, the European Council on Foreign Relations published an article citing senior Turkish sources as saying that "Putin called Erdogan that night to offer him the support of Russian special forces units deployed on a nearby Greek island."
As Greece and Russia have no bilateral agreement for the joint training of their special forces, that report was received with significant skepticism by sources in Athens as it could not be a reflection of the truth.
As it transpires, the report contained some truth though the purported use of a Greek island was not part of it.
The two vessels were a tank landing ship and a frigate that remained near Greek islands Rhodes and Kastellorizo for two days before resuming course to their respective destinations. They were to assist President Erdogan in the coastal tourist town of Marmaris, where he was vacationing.
According to well-informed sources, the two warships remained in the area east of Rhodes and west of Kastellorizo for two days before each resuming their course to their respective destinations.
Over 300 people were killed and more than 2,100 were injured during the failed putsch of July 15, 2016, which Ankara maintains was orchestrated by Gülen movement. The Turkish government says the religious group, with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen at helm, led a long-running scheme to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by infiltrating Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.