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Russian President In Turkey For Talks On Syria, Business

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Istanbul.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Istanbul.
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul to discuss the conflict in Syria, as well as ways to boost Turkish-Russian business cooperation.
Turkish-Russian ties have been strained over the Syrian crisis.

In October, Turkey intercepted a Syrian plane en route from Moscow to Damascus on suspicion it had military cargo.

Turkey has openly called for the ouster of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, a longtime Moscow ally.

Russia has opposed any outside intervention in the war and Putin pointed out at a press conference with Erdogan that Western intervention in Arab countries during the Arab Spring uprisings had led to unforeseeable consequences.

"We do not want to see a repetition of what we consider mistakes of the recent past," Putin said. "Let's recall how active the Western community was in support of the Libyan rebels. Who could have predicted back then that the same people who had been supported by the West would go as far as the tragedy of the murder of the U.S. ambassador?"

Putin also spoke about Turkey's Akkuyu nuclear power plant, which Russian state nuclear company Rosatom is building.

Putin said Russia is prepared to make a huge investment in constructing the Akkuyu plant and noted the benefits Russian participation in the project will have for Turkey.

"It is a very promising and really large project. I want to stress that the investment is very big indeed -- $20 billion," he said. "All of it comes from Russia. We will finance this project in full. No less than 25 percent of this amount will be directed to the creation of new jobs in the Turkish Republic."

Putin and Erdogan also discussed additional supplies of Russian natural gas for Turkey via the Blue Stream gas pipeline.

Turkey imported some 26 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas from Russia in 2011, 16 bcm of that via the Blue Stream pipeline.

Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said Turkey is seeking an additional 3 bcm of gas and added the two countries are studying how that can be achieved by expanding capacity in Blue Stream or shipping it via the South Stream pipeline.

Construction of South Stream is due start within the coming weeks and be completed in 2015.

It is Putin's first trip abroad in some two months. The Kremlin has rejected reports that the 60-year-old Putin is suffering from a serious back problem or other health issue.

With reporting by ITAR-TASS, AFP, and Reuters
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
December 03, 2012 23:10
My comment was destreoyed just now!
Shortly, Putin, limitt your efforts with good relationship
And stability in the region, don't try to be Griboedov-Borgio.
I hope - looking at your much less hideous smile...

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 04, 2012 09:48
Ah, really, Putin is in Turkey? And I - after reading all those articles who claimed that he was just so sick and almost dying that he had to cancel his visits to Turkey and elswhere - thought we were never going to see him again...
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
December 04, 2012 11:12
This is not the real Putin,but his double.The real thing is in hospital all black and blue recovering from the latest peaceful dispute with comrade Kabayeva!!! We all wish him a quick recovery for the 21th of Dec.celebrations!!! See ya all at Dzerzhinsky square !!!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 04, 2012 14:38
By the way, talking about the Middle East, Spanish and German media are full of reports, according to which the US are apparently "preparing an invasion" of Syria, and the same old boring story (that has already been used by the Beavuses as a pretext for their invasion of Iraq 10 years ago - the one that resulted in deaths of more than 4000 US soldiers and put a pro-Iranian Shia govt in place in Baghdad) of "arms of mass destruction", "chemical" ones this time around.
Well, if it is to be true, sounds like the US and Saudis have finally lost hope that the terrorists they have been financing to destabilize Syria for almost 2 years now are not getting anywhere with their terror strategy.
And another thing that comes to mind is that sentence of Lenin, when in his study of Imperialism he wrote that "the stage on which the behavior of imperialist states is the most agressive is the state of their irreversible decline", as long as it is exactly at this stage the US and other imperialists feel the need to distract the public opinion of their own compatriots from internal economic difficulties (such as the one that NATO states have been going through since the outbreak of the crisis in 2008) with foreign policy adventures. This is how WWI was started and that war led to the collapse of three empires...
Good luck, guys, and let Syria become a combined Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam for you!

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