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Erdogan Seeks Support in Moscow as Putin Becomes Syria Kingmaker

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Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in November.
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in November.Photographer: Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images
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Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan got another chance to lobby Vladimir Putin to protect Turkish interests as the U.S. prepares to withdraw from Syria, leaving Russia as the key power broker in that war-ravaged nation.

The two leaders met again in Moscow on Wednesday to discuss coordination in Syria, where they’ve been on opposing sides even as they deepened their friendship. Russia has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad throughout the eight years of fighting, while Turkey supported militant forces seeking to overthrow him.