October 27, 2018 / 11:08 AM / 17 days ago

Russia's Putin, France's Macron spoke by phone ahead of Istanbul talks: Interfax

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia October 24, 2018. Sergei Chirikov/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and France’s President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone ahead of a four-way summit in Istanbul on Saturday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Putin and Macron are due to meet Germany’s Angela Merkel and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan to discuss developments in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province and the political process for resolution of the conflict.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova; editing by John Stonestreet

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