Turkey's President Erdogan Seeks Closer Ties With Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)
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Today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Saint Petersburg. It's Erdogan's first foreign meeting since an attempted coup and crackdown in Turkey last month.

Relations between the two countries soured in November when Turkey shot down a Russian jet near the Syrian border, to which Russia responded with painful economic sanctions against Turkey. In June, Erdoğan issued an apology for the incident, setting the stage for today's meeting.

Here & Now's Robin Young gets the latest from the BBC's Mark Lowen.

Guest

Mark Lowen, BBC Turkey correspondent. He tweets @marklowen

This segment aired on August 9, 2016. The audio for this segment is not available.

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