Erdogan and Putin in Ankara as Questions Over Syria and NATO Loom

Published April 5th, 2018 - 10:07 GMT

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met on April 4 in Ankara for their second three-way summit that discussed reaching a ceasefire across Syria and supporting a political resolution of the crisis in the war-torn country. Continue reading below »

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (Center R) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting in Ankara on April 04, 2018. Mikhail KLIMENTYEV/Sputnik /AFP
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Image 1 of 6:  1 / 6Russian President Vladimir Putin (Center R) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting in Ankara on April 04, 2018. Mikhail KLIMENTYEV/Sputnik /AFP

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) arrive for a joint press conference on April 3, 2018.  Putin launched the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power station and quicken the delivery of air defence systems to Ankara that has alarmed NATO. (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)
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Image 2 of 6:  2 / 6Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) arrive for a joint press conference on April 3, 2018. Putin launched the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power station and quicken the delivery of air defence systems to Ankara that has alarmed NATO. (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)

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Turkish President Erdogan (L) and Putin attend a ground-breaking ceremony of Turkey's first nuclear power station at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on April 3, 2018.  Putin arrived for a Turkey visit also to coordinate policy on Syria. (AFP File Photo)
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Image 3 of 6:  3 / 6Turkish President Erdogan (L) and Putin attend a ground-breaking ceremony of Turkey's first nuclear power station at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on April 3, 2018. Putin arrived for a Turkey visit also to coordinate policy on Syria. (AFP File Photo)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara on April 04, 2018. 
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Image 4 of 6:  4 / 6Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara on April 04, 2018.  (Mikhail KLIMENTYEV /Sputnik/AFP)

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Greetings: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin prior to their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on April 3, 2018.  (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)
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Image 5 of 6:  5 / 6Greetings: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin prior to their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on April 3, 2018. (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)

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Famous handshake to remember as both Erdogan and Putin cement a working nuclear relationship, 3 April, (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)
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Image 6 of 6:  6 / 6Famous handshake to remember as both Erdogan and Putin cement a working nuclear relationship, 3 April, (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (Center R) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting in Ankara on April 04, 2018. Mikhail KLIMENTYEV/Sputnik /AFP

Image 1 of 6Russian President Vladimir Putin (Center R) shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting in Ankara on April 04, 2018. Mikhail KLIMENTYEV/Sputnik /AFP

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) arrive for a joint press conference on April 3, 2018.  Putin launched the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power station and quicken the delivery of air defence systems to Ankara that has alarmed NATO. (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)

Image 2 of 6Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) arrive for a joint press conference on April 3, 2018. Putin launched the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power station and quicken the delivery of air defence systems to Ankara that has alarmed NATO. (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)

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Turkish President Erdogan (L) and Putin attend a ground-breaking ceremony of Turkey's first nuclear power station at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on April 3, 2018.  Putin arrived for a Turkey visit also to coordinate policy on Syria. (AFP File Photo)

Image 3 of 6Turkish President Erdogan (L) and Putin attend a ground-breaking ceremony of Turkey's first nuclear power station at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on April 3, 2018. Putin arrived for a Turkey visit also to coordinate policy on Syria. (AFP File Photo)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara on April 04, 2018. 
(Mikhail KLIMENTYEV /Sputnik/AFP)

Image 4 of 6Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara on April 04, 2018.  (Mikhail KLIMENTYEV /Sputnik/AFP)

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Greetings: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin prior to their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on April 3, 2018.  (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)

Image 5 of 6Greetings: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin prior to their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on April 3, 2018. (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)

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Famous handshake to remember as both Erdogan and Putin cement a working nuclear relationship, 3 April, (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)

Image 6 of 6Famous handshake to remember as both Erdogan and Putin cement a working nuclear relationship, 3 April, (ADEM ALTAN / AFP)

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Russia, Turkey and Iran are all involved in the Syria crisis and have sponsored a series of peace talks in the Kazakh capital, Astana. The three leaders held the first tripartite summit in Sochi last November as the guarantor countries of the Astana process, for which they have worked together to create “de-escalation zones” to reduce the fighting in Syria and bring the sides of the conflict together to negotiate Syria’s future. In a final communique the leaders stressed on maintaining the unity of Syria and continuing their fight on extremist groups.

Putin arrived a day earlier in Turkey, 3 April, to launch the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power station which and promised to quicken the delivery of air defence systems to Ankara which is alarming NATO, the western security bloc that Turkey has always belonged to. 

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