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U.S., Russia Renew Syria Talks as Putin Mulls Sending Troops

  • Kremlin spokesman says Syrian request would be discussed
  • Syria willing to ask if need arises, foreign minister says
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Putin Talks of Sending Russian Combat Troops to Syria

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The U.S. and Russian defense chiefs held talks on Syria as a Kremlin official said troops might be sent into combat in the war-ravaged country if President Bashar al-Assad’s government requests help.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke to his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu by telephone on Friday for the first time since he took office at the Pentagon in February. They “agreed to further discuss mechanisms” to avert potential conflicts between their nations’ militaries in Syria, and to discuss the campaign against Islamic State terrorists, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said.