Russia, Turkey discuss northeast Syria amid tensions

Published October 8, 2019, 9:47 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Reuters

MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation in northeast Syria with his Turkish counterpart by phone on Tuesday, the foreign ministry said, amid tensions over a possible Turkish military operation there.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 27, 2019.  (REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 27, 2019.
(REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

Russia, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has emerged as a leading power broker in Syria over more than eight years of civil war and has said that Syria’s territorial integrity must be respected by all outside powers.

A Russian foreign ministry statement released no details of the conversation on northeast Syria, but said the two ministers agreed to continue close dialogue.

 
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