Putin in Turkey to push en­ergy deals

The Myanmar Times - - World -

RUS­SIAN Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin vis­ited Turkey yes­ter­day 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, Mr Putin and Mr Er­do­gan were ex­chang­ing ac­ri­mo­nious ac­cu­sa­tions over Syria.

But the pair are ex­pected to reaf­firm their com­mit­ment to the planned Turk­Stream gas pipe­line to pump gas from the Black Sea to Europe, and the Rus­sian con­struc­tion of Turkey’s first nu­clear power sta­tion.

The meet­ing in Is­tan­bul be­tween the two post-im­pe­rial strong­men is their third en­counter since the coun­tries agreed in June to nor­malise ties.

Turkey shot down a Rus­sian war­plane over Syria in Novem­ber 2015, spark­ing their worst cri­sis in ties since the Cold War.

Eco­nomic sanc­tions im­posed by Rus­sia have se­verely dented trade. And a ban on char­ter flights to Turkey re­duced the usu­ally sub­stan­tial flow of Rus­sian tourists to a trickle.

Rus­sia and Turkey re­main at odds over the Syria con­flict, with Moscow a key backer of Pres­i­dent Bashar alAs­sad but Turkey mak­ing his fall its key strate­gic aim. –

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