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	In this Monday June 18, 2012 photo Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a bilateral meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, ahead of the G20 Summit of World leaders. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Government Press Service)

In this Monday June 18, 2012 photo Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a bilateral meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, ahead of the G20 Summit of World leaders. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Government Press Service)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan leaves for Russia next Wednesday to discuss the developments in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his office announced Thursday.
 
"Significant regional and international developments led by Syria are on the table to be discussed thoroughly," during Erdoğan's visit, the written statement said.
 
The talks are a new link in the chain of effective dialogue at the highest level between Turkey and Russia, the statement added.
 
Ankara and Moscw remain at odds regarding the armed conflict between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the opposition that has claimed 17,000 lives since mid-March last year according to rights monitors.
 
Erdoğan's one-day visit comes after Ankara clashed with Damascus over the downing of a Turkish warplane on June 22 by Syrian fire over the Mediterranean and the death of its two crew.
 
Turkey viewed the incident as a hostile act and has taken steps to fortify its border with Syria, while Russian media outlets, citing unnamed Russian officials, placed the blame on the "provocative" Turkish fighter.
 
Erdoğan, a one-time ally of Damascus, has called Assad "a bloody dictator" and called on him to step down, as Moscow continues to stand by the Syrian regime.
 
Turkey shelters more than 37,000 refugees on its side of the border with Syria, where rebel forces made up of Syrian army defectors are also based.

July/12/2012

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Mark Tak

7/13/2012 12:45:04 PM

Yes Mr Erdogan Go to Russia, so far you pisssed of the Iran, Syria and Russia for sure China, you talk about Israel (not lately)and host Xband to protect them , Israel forming allinece with Turkish enemies and training PKK terrorist in Greek Cyprus and you make enemies with Israel Enemies,Zero porblems with neigboors so far you created more problems with all than ever, Russia will and can put a big econimical pressure on Turkey,and you pick a fight with Russias ally,are you sure you are thinking
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