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Russia, Turkey downplay Syria differences

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 11:39 am •  Published: December 3, 2012

Putin and Erdogan emphasized the blossoming economic ties between their two countries, saying they should aim for bilateral trade to triple to $100 billion a year. Russian and Turkish officials signed 10 agreements on trade, energy, finance, banking and other issues.

Putin, who was making his first trip after a two-month hiatus that raised concerns about his health, showed some rigidity in his movements but no sign of pain or difficulty.

He walked past television cameras and climbed the podium without showing discomfort, and seemed at ease turning around in his seat and shaking hands with officials during the signing ceremony.

His spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, shrugged off a question about whether the president felt any negative effects of air travel, saying Putin was fine.