Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) chairs a meeting of the Russian armed forces development at the Bocharov Ruchey residence in Sochi on November 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SEVICE / ALEXEI DRUZHININ
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Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Turkey on Monday will have trade and energy issues at its heart, but is not expected to bridge deep differences over Syria and Crimea.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has strongly criticised Russia's backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. And Turkey has strong links with the Muslim Tatar population of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March.With Erdogan and Putin set to chair the fifth annual meeting of a council to improve trade and relations, several deals are expected to be signed, officials on both sides said.
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