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Syria’s War Is Center Stage as Erdogan Meets Putin This Week

  • President to ask Russia to stop insurgents’ attacks on Turkey
  • Turkish official unveils Erdogan’s agenda before key meeting
Vladimir Putin, left, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Vladimir Putin, left, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Photographer: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

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Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan will urge Vladimir Putin to help remove Syrian Kurdish militants from areas near the Turkish border when the two presidents meet Wednesday for talks that will center on twin flashpoints in Syria’s war. 

Ankara wants Russia to prevent attacks on Turkish soldiers by Kurdish militants operating in areas controlled by Moscow’s forces or the Syrian government it backs, according to a Turkish official who asked not to be identified discussing Erdogan’s priorities for the meeting in Sochi.