ANKARA (QHA) -

Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Dec 1.

The meeting comes days after the delegation of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people met with the President Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, to discuss situation of Crimean Tatars in Crimea.

Ankara opposed Crimea’s unification with Russia in March and expressed its concern over worried about the situation of Crimean Tatar minority who, according to activists, are the victims of persecution.

However, according to Putin's foreign policy adviser Yuriy Ushakov, the meeting would focus on the Syria conflict.

Russia remains a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, while Ankara is pressing for the Syrian president to be ousted.

Putin and Erdogan are also expected to discuss energy cooperation, as Ankara is seeking a reduction in gas prices from Russia and greater import volumes ahead of the winter.

QHA