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Erdogan, Putin strike diplomatic pose in Ankara

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan met today in Ankara, where grandstanding alongside Putin is helping cement Erdogan’s image as a Muslim leader with a real hand in global affairs.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C, front) and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (L, front) walk during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey Dec. 11, 2017. Sputnik//Sputnik via REUTERS (photo by SPUTNIK via REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin)

Turkey is the scene of a flurry of high-level diplomatic traffic this week with Russian President Vladimir today to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two leaders will have tackled a broad range of bilateral matters, notably the , energy and defense projects as well as the dispute over . The pair were all smiles as they posed for the media ahead of a banquet held in Putin's honor at Erdogan's sprawling presidential complex. At

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