Moscow on Davutoglu's resignation: Erdogan plays key role

The resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu "will not significantly affect the Russian-Turkish relations."

Source: Tanjug
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Moscow on Thursday (Tanjug/AP)
Moscow on Thursday (Tanjug/AP)

That is the case "because the key role is played by the intentions (Turkish) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan," chair of the Russian State Duma Committee for International Affairs Alexei Pushkov told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster on Thursday.

"I do not think it will have a strong influence, because the crisis in relations between Russia and Turkey is based on the decisions and behavior of the country's President Erdogan," he said.

"The prime minister in any case played a supporting role there. I do not think replacing the prime minister will strongly influence the Russian-Turkish relations, which are at a very low level, "Pushkov said, when asked whether the resignation and the possible appointment in Davutoglu's place of Erdogan's son-in-law will affect relations with Russia, Sputnik is reporting.

Davutoglu resigned yesterday as president of the ruling Justice and Development Party, which means he will no longer serve as Turkey's prime minister. His decision will be confirmed by the party's extraordinary congress scheduled for May 22.

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