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Russia, Turkey discuss northeast Syria amid tensions

MOSCOW, Oct 8 (Reuters) - 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.

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. (Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh and Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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