PARIS French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that there was a risk of war between Turkey and Russia over Syria, adding that everything must be done to avoid it.
"There is a risk of war between Turkey and Russia," he told France Inter radio. "There is an escalation."
"Negotiations must resume, bombardments must stop, aid must come," he said.
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.
Russian warplanes entered Syria's increasingly complex, five-year-old conflict at the end of September, backing the forces of their ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and bombing rebel positions.
(Reporting by Ingrid Melander, Matthias Blamont, Elizabeth Pineau, editing by Alister Doyle)
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Updated Date: Feb 20, 2016 00:16 AM