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Russia Asks Turkey to Refrain From Full-Scale Syria Offensive

ASTANA (Reuters) – Russia has asked Turkey to refrain from a full-scale ground offensive in Syria, senior Russian negotiator Alexander Lavrentyev said on Wednesday, because such actions could trigger an escalation of violence.

“We hope our arguments will be heard in Ankara and other ways of resolving the problem will be found,” he said, after a fresh round of Syria talks with Turkish and Iranian delegations in Kazakhstan.

(Reporting by Tamara Vaal; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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