The Russian Navy's training ship Perekop sails in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey April 2, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Ties between Russia and Turkey are growing closer than ever, as Russia runs into widespread diplomatic fallout from the poisoned spy scandal and Turkey's relations with its Western allies worsens over human rights issues and its military operations against Kurdish militia in Syria.Russian President Vladimir Putin heads back to Turkey on Tuesday, joining Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for a Russian-made nuclear power plant being built on Turkey's Mediterranean coast at Akkuyu. Turkey and Russia have put aside their traditional rivalries and differences on regional issues to forge strong economic ties. Turkey's relations with the United States have fared even worse, with Turkey accusing Washington of harboring the preacher, Fethullah Gulen, and backing Syrian Kurdish militia that Turkey considers to be terrorists.
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