Erdogan’s defeat in the election would be a blow to Putin.
President Elections in Turkey The event, which takes place on May 14, could affect relations with the Russian Federation, whose president, Vladimir Putin, is considered a close ally of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Not so long ago, Putin emphasized the importance of relations with Turkey last month during a virtual meeting dedicated to the opening of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant. The $20 billion Agu NPP was built by the Russian company Rosatom. Putin referred to Russia’s investment in Turkish energy and said a new economic sector was being created, pointing to a Kremlin-backed candidate in the upcoming elections.
“Building the first nuclear power plant in Turkey and creating a new advanced high-tech industry is another concrete example of how much President Erdogan is doing for your country, for the development of its economy. All citizens of Turkey,” Putin said during a live broadcast to all of Turkey. – I want to be clear: you know how to set ambitious goals and confidently implement them.”
Putin’s flattery is the latest sign of his support for Erdogan, 69, whose authoritarian rule and anti-Western rhetoric have undermined NATO unity that has served Moscow’s interests and undermined broader Western sanctions imposed on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
However, a poll conducted by research firm Konda shows the main opposition candidate, Kemal Kilikdaroglu, who heads the center-left Republican People’s Party, is leading with 49.3% support, while Erdogan has 43.7% of the population.
Putin has probably met Erdogan more often than any other foreign leader outside the former Soviet Union. They have enjoyed good relations since Erdogan became prime minister in 2003, when Putin was president for the first time.