SAYLORSBURG, PA (Reuters) - U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers Turkey blames for a failed coup, said on Sunday that he would obey any extradition ruling from the United States but said that President Tayyip Erdogan had staged the putsch.

"I am not really worried about the extradition request," Gulen told reporters, speaking through a translator in Pennsylvania where he lives.

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Turkey has said it is putting together an extradition request for the cleric. The U.S. government has said it would consider any formal request.

U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers Turkey blames for a failed coup, is shown in still image taken from video, speaks to journalists at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania July 16, 2016. Gulen said democracy cannot be achieved through military action.
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(Reporting by Greg Savoy; Writing by Julia Edwards and David Chance; Editing by Alan Crosby)