Erdogan to meet with "friend" Putin in St. Petersburg

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan expects talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week to open "a new page" in bilateral relations, he told the Russian news agency TASS in an interview published on Sunday.

The talks, in the city of St Petersburg, are intended to end a period of high tension after Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border last November. Russia imposed trade sanctions on Turkey and the number of Russian tourists visiting the country fell by 87 percent in the first half of 2016.

"This will be a historic visit, a new beginning. At the talks with my friend Vladimir (Putin), I believe, a new page in bilateral relations will be opened. Our countries have a lot to do together," TASS quoted Erdogan as saying.

Erdogan and Putin will focus in their talks on Tuesday on the Syria conflict, trade, energy and the resumption of Russian charter flights to Turkey.

"Without Russia's participation it's impossible to find a solution to the Syrian problem. Only in partnership with Russia will we be able to settle the crisis in Syria," Erdogan said.

Russia and Turkey have been on different sides in Syria, with Moscow backing President Bashar al-Assad while Ankara wants him ousted.

Erdogan's meeting with Putin coincides with renewed strains in Ankara's ties with the West after a failed military coup in Turkey in which more than 230 people were killed. Turkey accuses the West of showing more concern over a post-coup crackdown than over the bloody events themselves.

However, Turkish officials say Erdogan's visit to Russia does not mean Turkey, a NATO ally and an aspiring member of the European Union, is turning its back on the West.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Gareth Jones)
Erdogan says talks with Putin to open new page in relations: TASS

Also see: Vladimir Putin: Turkey's Recep Erdogan turns back on US and EU and reaches out to Russia | World | News | Daily Express

And: As Turkey's coup strains ties with West, detente with Russia gathers pace

Really, Tayyip?

"Without Russia's participation it's impossible to find a solution to the Syrian problem. Only in partnership with Russia will we be able to settle the crisis in Syria,"
That's funny... Not how you were talking back in February:

"What are you [Putin] doing in Syria? You're essentially an occupier,"
Turkey's Erdogan Says Putin Is 'Occupier' in Syria

:D

Two highly poisonous snakes right there...


Two arrogant men blinded by their fixation on their own greatness and fanatical desire to rebuild their respective nations to their own glorious pasts...

One wants to be Sultan


Other wants to be Tsar


Each uses religion to justify and legitimzie his rule



Each has fostered a nationalistic cult of his own personality



Why the hell did they go against each other to begin with???

These two sweethearts belong together...
 
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The "highly poisonous snakes" are winning, and Obama is losing.

Again.

Still.
"Winning" how? In Syria? It's still very much an impasse in there right now, and, despite Putin and Erdogan's new bromance, Russia and Turkey are still backing very different forces there, for the moment...
 
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Erdogan says talks with Putin to open new page in relations: TASS

Also see: Vladimir Putin: Turkey's Recep Erdogan turns back on US and EU and reaches out to Russia | World | News | Daily Express

And: As Turkey's coup strains ties with West, detente with Russia gathers pace

Really, Tayyip?



That's funny... Not how you were talking back in February:



Turkey's Erdogan Says Putin Is 'Occupier' in Syria

:D

Two highly poisonous snakes right there...


Two arrogant men blinded by their fixation on their own greatness and fanatical desire to rebuild their respective nations to their own glorious pasts...

One wants to be Sultan


Other wants to be Tsar


Each uses religion to justify and legitimzie his rule



Each has fostered a nationalistic cult of his own personality



Why the hell did they go against each other to begin with???

These two sweethearts belong together...
Thats gonna make trump jealous.
 
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It is also expected that the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline project, frozen due to worsened relations between Moscow and Ankara, will now go ahead after the Erdogan-Putin meeting:
Erdogan Ready to Move Forward in Turkish Stream Deal with Russia
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