Putin in Turkey to push energy deals
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. –