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Countdown begins to Putin-Erdogan-Rouhani talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to meet in Turkey, where they will be joined by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for negotiations to end the fighting in Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to travel to Turkey Tuesday for a two-day visit that will showcase warming ties between the two historical foes.

The Russian leader joined his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for an Ankara ceremony to officially inaugurate Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, in the southern Mediterranean province of Mersin. It is being built by Russia’s state Atomic Energy Agency, ROSATOM. A first reactor is slated for completion in 2023, marking the centennial of the modern republic founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

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