Turkey Russia to meet on Monday for high level talks

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Regime ally Russia and Turkey have been on opposite sides in the Syrian war. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russias Vladimir Putin have been working closely to end the fighting. A Russian Turkish deal for a demilitarised zone last year protected the Idlib rebel bastion. Washington has sought to persuade Turkey to instead purchase the American air missile defense system. Turkeys insistence on buying the Russian system risks triggering a fresh diplomatic crisis with Washington. If Ankara goes ahead with the Russian deal Turkey also could face sanctions under a U. law known as Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. Disputes over strategy in Syria Iran sanctions and the detention of U. consular staff remain unresolved and the issue of missile defense threatens to widen the rift again

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