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    Putin Expects Turkey to Restore Security After Series of ‘Serious Terror Crimes’

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he expected his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to restore security in the country, at a meeting in Hangzhou, China.

    HANGZHOU (Sputnik) — Putuin also said that Turkey has been facing a terrorist threat.

    "We are glad that Turkey is now back on track toward living a normal political life," Putin said as he met President Erdogan ahead of the G20 summit in east China.

    "We see that Turkey has been through difficult times, fighting against terrorism and facing serious terrorist crimes," the Russian leader continued.

    "I am certain that you… will succeed in normalizing the situation in the country and move forward toward our cooperation," Putin told Erdogan.

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