Turkish soldiers detain Staff Sergeant Erkan Cikat, one of the missing military personnel suspected of being involved in the coup attempt, in Marmaris, Turkey, July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Kenan Gurbuz
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Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan next month for the first time in almost a year, a sign that a rapprochement between the two nations is gathering pace.Russian trade sanctions imposed on Ankara over the Turkish shooting down of a Russian jet near the Syrian border last November remain in place, and Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said Tuesday they were unlikely to be lifted before the two leaders met.Ulyukayev was speaking as senior officials from the two nations, including Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, met in Moscow to lay the ground for a gradual thaw in ties.The Kremlin and the Turkish government said Putin and Erdogan would meet on Aug. 9 in the Russian leader's hometown of St. Petersburg, Russia's second largest city.Erdogan faced the biggest challenge to his rule this month when he defeated a coup staged by his own military.Two senior Foreign Ministry diplomats, Gurcan Balik and Tuncay Babali, have been also removed from their posts, a Turkish official said.
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