NEWSWATCH: “Turkey’s Erdogan Patches Up Relations With Putin” – Wall Street Journal

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… Putin and … Erdogan mended fences in a high-profile meeting Tuesday, bolstering their governments’ ties as both face strained relations with the West. … Erdogan’s first trip abroad since the Turkish coup attempt … signals his willingness to look to Moscow, traditionally the counterweight to Western influence in the Middle East. But Western leaders say Turkey … crucial to operations against Islamic State … [also having NATO’s] second-largest army, will remain a firm ally of the West. … [Putin and Erdogan] promised to boost trade, energy and tourism ties … [at] their first meeting since relations … ruptured … after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian Su-24 warplane near the Syrian border. * * * * Erdogan emphasized Turkey’s desire to realize a proposed Russian-backed natural gas pipeline called Turkish Stream. … to deliver Russian gas to Turkey and potentially onward … helping Turkey realize its ambition of being a gas hub for Europe.

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