Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) during their meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, Aug. 9, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Turkey Monday for talks with counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pushing forward ambitious joint energy projects as the two sides try to overcome a crisis in ties.Only a few months ago, Putin and Erdogan were exchanging acrimonious accusations over Syria.Putin and Erdogan will meet on the opening day of the World Energy Congress, which brings together players across the energy sector and is a sign of Turkey's determination to be a global hub despite a traumatic year of repeated terror attacks and a failed coup.Russia and Turkey remain at odds over the Syria conflict, with Moscow a key backer of the regime of President Bashar Assad but Turkey making his exit from power its key strategic aim.Yet Turkey, which just months ago was loudly accusing Russia of war crimes in Syria, has been remarkably tight-lipped over the Syrian regime onslaught on rebel-held areas of Aleppo in recent weeks, as ties with Moscow have tentatively improved.
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