Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Baku on June 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/RIA NOVOSTI/ALEXEI DRUZHININ
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday met Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks expected to touch on energy issues and the Syria crisis.The two leaders met a day after attending the opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games, hosted by Azerbaijan and tainted by controversy over the ex-Soviet country's rights record. Speaking ahead of their closed-door talks, Erdogan, a close ally of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, remarked to Putin on the absence of EU leaders from the Games in Baku. The two leaders last met in December, when Putin made a one-day state visit to Turkey.
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