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Hollande Calls for Syrian Deescalation to Avoid Risk of Russia-Turkey War

French President Francois Hollande said that France urges the early resumption of talks between Syrian government and opposition delegates, a cessation of hostilities and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the population.

In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, a Turkish soldier on an armoured personnel carrier watches as in the background a flag of the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, is raised over the city of Tal Abyad, Syria, Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - Sputnik International
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PARIS (Sputnik) – French President Francois Hollande called for a de-escalation in Syria on Friday to avoid a potential war between Russia and Turkey.

"There is a risk of war between Turkey and Russia. It is necessary to do everything possible to avoid an escalation," Hollande said in an interview with France Inter radio.

France urges the early resumption of talks between Syrian government and opposition delegates, a cessation of hostilities and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the population, he added.

Turkish soldiers patrol a road near the Turkey-Iraq border in the mainly Kurdish southeastern province of Sirnak (File) - Sputnik International
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The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Moscow planned to request a UN Security Council meeting given its concerns of possible plans by Turkey to send troops to Syria.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at 20:00 GMT.

Earlier in February, Russian Defense Ministry said that Ankara's activity on the Turkish-Syrian border pointed to intensive preparation for a military incursion in Syria. Later, media reports emerged claiming that Saudi Arabia could deploy ground troops to Syria in likely coordination with Turkey against terrorist groups.

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