October 22, 2019 / 11:21 AM / 23 days ago

Russia says Turkey's operation violates Syria's territorial integrity: Ifax

Turkish soldiers in trucks return from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, as they are pictured on the Turkish-Syrian border in Akcakale, Turkey, October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday that Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria was violating Syria’s territorial integrity, the Interfax news agency cited Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov as saying.

Syromolotov, who said only the Russian and Iranian militaries had the legal right to be in Syria, made the comments as President Vladimir Putin held talks in southern Russia with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan.

Syromolotov was also quoted as saying he expected the Putin-Erdogan meeting to clarify who controlled oil-rich parts of northeast Syria.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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