Russian President Vladimir Putin applauds the signing of agreements during a joint news conference with Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan , not in photo, in Istanbul, Turkey,

 

              Russian President Vladimir Putin applauds the signing of agreements during a joint news conference with Turkey
Russian President Vladimir Putin applauds the signing of agreements during a joint news conference with Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan , not in photo, in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.The leaders of Russia and Turkey on Monday downplayed differences over how to end the Syrian civil war, saying they shared the common goal of trying to end the humanitarian crisis there. President Vladimir Putin of Russia, one of Syria's few remaining allies, said he understood Turkish concerns about its border security after Syrian shells hit Turkish territory in recent months. (AP Photo)