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In the Middle East, Russia Seems to Be Everywhere

Dec 13, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, to Ankara on Dec. 11.

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin to Ankara on Dec. 11. Turkey was the last of three countries Putin visited in a single day, after Syria and Egypt.

(ALEXEI DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin's day trip to Syria, Egypt and Turkey underscored Moscow's drive to fill a regional void left by the United States....

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