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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul December 3, 2012. Syria was among the topics discussed. (AP) The blossoming trade relationship will be the focus of a one-day trip to Turkey by Russian President Vladimir Putin, though differences between the two countries over the conflict in Syria will likely be aired. Second right is Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)