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NATO Says Turkey Is ‘Valued Ally’ After Erdogan Visit to Russia

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's president Vladimir Putin shake hands at a joint press conference following Russian-Turkish talks.

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's president Vladimir Putin shake hands at a joint press conference following Russian-Turkish talks.

Photographer: Mikhail MetzelTASS via Getty Images

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization called Turkey a “valued ally” a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Russia in his first trip abroad since last month’s failed coup.

Erdogan and Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, agreed on Aug. 9 to deepen economic cooperation in a bid to mend ties that deteriorated last year after Turkey shot down a Russian jet near the border with war-ravaged Syria.