Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for the media before their talks during the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, leaders with remarkable similarities who built a new era of cooperation between Turkey and Russia, have suffered a ferocious falling-out that will harm relations for years to come.Putin has accused the Turkish leadership of importing oil from Daesh (ISIS) in Syria, an accusation that Erdogan rubbished as a "slander" so untrue that the Russian leader should consider his position.On a visit to Russia in November 2013, Erdogan even suggested Turkey could join the Moscow and Beijing-led security group the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and join Putin's Eurasian Economic Union, moves that could have scuppered Turkey's long-standing EU membership bid.Erdogan expressed nostalgia for the good old days where he and Putin, as well as the Russian leader's favorite foreign chums ex-Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi and former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, would get together.
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