October 27, 2018 / 11:29 AM / a month ago

Russia's Putin, France's Macron spoke by phone ahead of Istanbul talks - Interfax

FILE PHOTO - World Cup - Final - France v Croatia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 15, 2018 France President Emmanuel Macron gestures next to Russia President Vladimir Putin REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and France’s President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone ahead of a four-way summit in Istanbul on Saturday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Interfax newsagency.

Putin and Macron are due to meet Germany’s Angela Merkel and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan to discuss developments in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province and the political process for resolution of the conflict.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova; editing by John Stonestreet

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