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Vladimir Putin meets Turkey's leader on hectic day of diplomacy

Russian president Vladimir Putin has arrived in Ankara to meet his Turkish counterpart, following visits to Syria and Egypt.

Mr Putin and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were meeting to discuss developments in Syria and the Middle East, as well as bilateral relations, according to the Turkish president's office.

Mr Putin and Mr Erdogan have met several times this year and regularly talk on the telephone as they and Iran work to broker a solution in Syria.

Relations between the two countries were tense after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet for violating its airspace in 2015.

But the two have since restored bilateral relations.

Mr Putin and Mr Erdogan were expected to hold a joint news conference after their meeting.

AP

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