This aerial view taken on August 25, 2019 shows a view of destruction and damaged buildings from Syrian government forces’ bombardment in the village of Al-Tahh, in the northwestern Idlib province.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation in northeast Syria with his Turkish counterpart by phone on Oct. 8, the foreign ministry said, amid tensions over a possible Turkish military operation there.

Russia, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has emerged as a leading power broker in Syria over more than eight years of civil war and has said that Syria’s territorial integrity must be respected by all outside powers.

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