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Animosity for the West drives Erdogan, Putin closer

Russia’s political difficulties with the United States and Europe provide what appears at first sight to be a windfall for Turkey.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (3rd L) and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan (2nd L) attend a signing ceremony in Ankara, December 1, 2014. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR4GAZF

Turkey and Russia may be on different pages on issues like Syria and Crimea, but Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be successful in opening up the “new horizons” in ties between the two countries that he promised prior to his recent visit to Ankara.

The international isolation in which the two countries increasingly find themselves over a host of issues is also pushing Moscow and Ankara closer. The personal chemistry between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Putin is another contributing factor.

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