The international community called for quick restoration of stability in Turkey, protection of democratic institutions and stated about the inadmissibility of violence and bloodshed. European Union leaders did not exclude the possibility that an attempted coup may have terrible consequences for relations with Turkey.
On Friday evening, Turkish authorities announced that there was a military coup attempt in the country. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the events a rebellion, organized by a small group of soldiers. He called on country's citizens to take to the streets. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim described the situation as an act of terrorism, stressing that Turkish Government continues its work.
The organizers of this cope claimed that the authority is now in their hands and announced the dismissal of Turkish leadership. According to Turkish military forces, they seized power in the country to restore constitutional order and observance of human rights and freedoms.
On Saturday morning, the authorities informed that military coup attempt failed and the rebels began to surrender. Law enforcement agencies arrested 754 soldiers, depriving them of all ranks. Five generals and 29 colonels are relieved of their duty.
The Kremlin said it was gravely concerned about events in Turkey, and that it had instructed officials to help Russian nationals in Turkey return home at the earliest opportunity, Reuters reported.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that President Vladimir Putin was being kept constantly updated on the situation in Turkey, where the government has said a military coup attempt is underway.
Peskov said events were moving too fast to fully understand what was happening, but he said Russia was concerned and wanted to see Turkey return to the path of stability and order, and for there to be a lawful outcome.
He said that, whoever was now in charge in Turkey, it was incumbent on them to ensure the safety of Russian nationals.
The events in Turkey point to the fact that there are deep contradictions within the society and the country’s military, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, Sputnik reports.
Medvedev added that Moscow has to take steps to protect the interests of Russian citizens.
"At the same time what has happened shows that within the society and the army of the Turkish Republic there are very powerful, deep contradictions that have led to all these events. Time will show what will happen next. In any case, we must take measures to protect the interests of our citizens, as well as our companies," Medvedev stressed.
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev was following the developments in Turkey throughout the whole night with anxiety and was deeply concerned over the ongoing processes, Ali Hasanov, Azerbaijani president’s aide for public and political affairs, told on July 16, Trend reports.
Azerbaijan’s president strongly condemned these developments and unequivocally assessed this as a coup attempt and as an impingement against the national interests of Turkish people, the foundations of the country’s democracy and the rule of law, added Hasanov.
“President Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan stands by Turkish state and people, fully supports the government democratically elected by the Turkish citizens, and gave necessary instructions to Azerbaijan’s relevant bodies in connection with this,” said the top official.
United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed for calm, a UN spokesman said, BBC News reported.
"The Secretary-General is closely following developments in Turkey. He is aware of the reports of a coup attempt in the country.
"The United Nations is seeking to clarify the situation on the ground and appeals for calm," spokesman Farhan Haq said.
Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Turkey was "a valued Nato ally", calling for "calm and restraint, and full respect for Turkey's democratic institutions".
The White House said US President Barack Obama had spoken to US Secretary of State John Kerry and agreed that all parties in Turkey should support the "democratically elected" government.
The pair urged all sides to "show restraint and avoid any violence or bloodshed" in Turkey - a key ally and a strategically important member of the coalition fighting so-called Islamic State.
Kerry - who is on a visit to Russia - said he had spoken to the Turkish foreign minister, saying he had emphasised "absolute support for Turkey's democratically elected, civilian government and democratic institutions".
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she was "in constant contact with EU delegation in Ankara and Brussels from Mongolia." She called for "restraint and respect for democratic institutions," NBC News wrote.