This file photo taken on October 10, 2016 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaking to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) as they attend a press conference in Istanbul. (AFP / OZAN KOSE)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks on Syria and a key weapons deal, hoping to strengthen an increasingly active relationship that has troubled the West.Despite a regional rivalry that goes back to the Ottoman Empire and the Romanov dynasty, Russia and Turkey have been working closely since a 2016 reconciliation ended a crisis caused by the shooting down of a Russian war plane over Syria.Turkey and Russia have been on opposing sides during the more than six years of war in Syria, with Russia the key backer of President Bashar Assad and Turkey supporting rebels seeking his ouster.
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