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 French President warns of risk of war between Turkey and Russia over Syria, - Reuters

President of France warned that there was a risk of war between Turkey and Russia over Syria, adding that Moscow should stop backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Francois Hollande said on Friday, Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

Russia's foreign ministry said earlier on Friday that it intends to call a session of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the Turkish government's statements about a possible ground operation in Syria.

"There is a risk of war between Turkey and Russia," Hollande told France Inter radio. "There is an escalation."

"Negotiations must resume, bombardments must stop, aid must come," he said.

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"There must be pressure on Moscow so that we have negotiations," Hollande said. "Moscow will not succeed by unilaterally backing Bashar al-Assad."

Hollande said in the radio interview that he had told Russian authorities: "You are not striking the right spots and you are striking civilian populations, which is unacceptable."

Turkey, opposed to the government in neighbouring Syria and worried about advances by Kurdish militants in Syrian territory, this week had to deny a media report that it had already sent troops over the border.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also told Reuters this week that his country, Saudi Arabia and some European powers wanted ground troops in Syria, though no serious plan had been debated.

The Syrian government and its allies, including Russia, must cease hostilities on Friday in line with an agreement made between major powers on Feb. 11, France's Foreign Ministry spokesman said earlier on Friday.

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