Russian President Vladimir Putin has formulated condolences to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the death of 13 Turkish citizens in Iraq. They were allegedly kidnapped by members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, banned in Turkey.
“Vladimir Putin expresses his condolences to the Turkish leader in connection with the tragic death of 13 citizens in Iraq,” the Kremlin’s website says.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar reported yesterday that 48 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party were killed in the north of Iraq during the anti-terrorist operation. The Turkish military in one of the caves located in the Gara region found the bodies of 13 Turkish citizens who were kidnapped by the Kurds.
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan started a telephone conversation on February 18. During the conversation, different issues were raised, in particular, the leaders of the kingdoms discussed “the further development of bilateral relations in various fields.”