October 19, 2019 / 10:12 AM / a month ago

Russian officials discuss with Syria's Assad de-escalating tensions in northeast Syria

MOSCOW, Oct 19 (Reuters) - A delegation of Russian officials discussed with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Friday the need to de-escalate the situation in northeast Syria, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Saturday.

“The discussion focused on the current situation ‘on the ground’ in Syria in the light of rising tensions in the north-east of the country,” the ministry said in a statement. “The need to take measures to de-escalate the situation and ensure security in these areas was noted.”

Reporting by Polina Devitt; editing by Gareth Jones

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