October 15, 2019 / 6:18 PM / 3 months ago

Russian and U.S. defense ministers discuss Syria by phone: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Defense ministers of Russia and the United States have spoken about the situation in Syria over the phone, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported on Thursday citing a statement by the Russian military.

The ministers discussed Syria days after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered U.S. forces away from the conflict area, allowing Russia-backed Syrian forces to deploy deep inside territory held by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces south of the Turkish frontier.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova

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