January 22, 2018 / 10:42 AM / 9 months ago

Russia says U.S. actions in Syria either a provocation or ill-informed

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that U.S. actions in Syria were either a “deliberate provocation” or indicated Washington lacked an understanding of the situation there, RIA news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference at the United Nations in New York, U.S., January 19, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The United States on Sunday urged North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally Turkey to “exercise restraint” and limit its military operations in northwestern Syria, where Turkish forces are attacking a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia they aim to sweep from the border.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Christian Lowe

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