Presidents Erdogan and Putin met in Moscow
After an increase in tensions between Brussels and Ankara and the predicted failure of the one-for-one migration deal, Mr Erdogan appears to have chosen to tighten ties with Mr Putin.
As the pair began two-day talks in Russia, the Turkish Government took the opportunity to take aim at the EU.
This week, fury erupted when President Erdogan made ‘Nazi’ comments about the German government.
And as talks kicked off, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was keen to put his side across.
He said the leader’s comments suggested practices in the nation are “reminiscent of the era” – not that they are Nazis.
Already tense relations between the NATO allies deteriorated after the arrest of a German-Turkish journalist in Turkey.
The presidents will also discuss the TurkStream gas pipeline and the Akkuyu nuclear plant when they meet in Moscow on Friday, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
The Akkuyu nuclear power plant is being built in collaboration with Russia in southern Turkey.
President Erdogan of Turkey with Russia's President Putin have kicked off two day talks in Russia
The deal on the TurkStream undersea gas pipeline, which will allow Moscow to strengthen its position in the European gas market and cut energy supplies via Ukraine, was signed last year.
Sources in the Erdogan Government told Express.co.uk in October fury is building in the nation towards the EU.
The migrant deal turning sour has been “blamed” on Turkey, they said, while there has also been claims the EU has not come close to stumping up the money it promise.
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Erdogan’s country is currently haemorrhaging cash to care for the three million refugees it is caring for, with costs reaching billions annually.
Mr Cavusoglu also said Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism is on the rise in Europe, causing major concern for Turkey.
Intrigue has been building around the talks between the two men, taking place on Mr Putin’s home turf.
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The sale of a giant surface-to-air missile system called ‘SA-21 Growler’ has added to intrigue as Russia could be set to offload its advanced S400 to Turkey.
The war in Syria will also take centre stage at discussions – being held months after tensions between the nations were at boiling point.
Reports claimed Putin blanked calls from Ankara when a Turkish fighter shot down a Russian SU-24 fighter-bomber.
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