February 28, 2020 / 10:37 AM / a month ago

Russia's Putin, Turkey's Erdogan discuss Syria by phone amid tensions

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a ceremony marking the formal launch of the TurkStream pipeline which will carry Russian natural gas to southern Europe through Turkey, in Istanbul, Turkey, January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the implementation of agreements on Syria’s Idlib province amid mounting tension, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Lavrov told reporters at a news conference in Moscow that Russia and Turkey were ready to continue coordinating on the Syrian province of Idlib.

Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams

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