ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the first time since Turkey shot down a Russian plane in November, voicing support for Erdogan following the July 15 coup attempt.
"We are against all kinds of coup attempts," Putin said during Erdogan's visit to the Constantine Palace on the outskirts of St. Petersburg. "I would like to remind you of our principal attitude. We are against all attempts that are against the constitution. I hope under your management the Turkish people will overcome this problem."