Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin with an official welcome ceremony in Ankara. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin with an official welcome ceremony in Turkish Capital Ankara on Monday (December 1). His visit will have trade and energy issues at its heart, but is not expected to bridge differences between the two countries on the situations in Syria or Crimea. The two issues have tested a relationship usually mild by mutual economic advantage: Russia is Turkey's main energy supplier, and Ankara is Moscow's second biggest trade partner after Germany. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has strongly criticized Russia's backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. And Turkey has strong links with the Muslim Tatar population of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March. With Erdogan and Putin set to chair the fifth annual meeting of a council to improve trade and relations, several deals are expected to be signed.