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Russia urges Turkey not to launch offensive in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on September 29, 2021. (Vladimir Smirnov/Pool/AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on September 29, 2021. (Vladimir Smirnov/Pool/AFP)

Russia hopes Turkey will “refrain” from launching an offensive in northern Syria, a diplomatic spokesperson says, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed threats of a military campaign targeting Kurdish “terrorists.”

“We hope that Ankara will refrain from actions that could lead to a dangerous deterioration of the already difficult situation in Syria,” Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says in a statement.

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