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Russia’s Lavrov says US is threat to Syria’s territorial integrity

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Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the United States’ control over the eastern bank of the Euphrates river posed the main threat to Syria’s territorial integrity, Interfax news agency reported.

He also said that Russia and Turkey have agreed on the borders of an Idlib demilitarized zone and that Nusra front fighters should leave the zone by mid-October.

On Monday and after lengthy talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian president Vladimir Putin said that Moscow and Ankara have agreed to create a “demilitarized zone” around Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib. Full story