Russian President Putin to visit Turkey on December 3

By bne IntelliNews November 29, 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Turkey on December 3 for talks focused on bilateral relations, including trade, and the situation in the Middle East. Putin was scheduled to pay a visit to Turkey in mid-October but this visit was delayed. Relations between Ankara and Moscow have been tense due to serious disagreements over Syria. Last week, Moscow warned Turkey against the possible deployment of NATO Patriot missile systems along the Turkish-Syrian border, saying that the militarisation of the Syrian-Turkish border is an alarming signal. In October, Turkish fighter jets forced a Syrian passenger plane, en route from Moscow to Damascus, to land in Ankara on suspicion it was carrying illegal military cargo. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that the plane was carrying Russian-made military equipment and ammunition destined for the Syrian forces. Meanwhile, NATO experts yesterday began to conduct a site-survey for Patriots. Turkey demanded up to 20 Patriot batteries but NATO may provide only eight batteries, NTVMSNBC reported yesterday.

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