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Saudis back Syria truce deals, Russia says

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Photographs by AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File

In this Jan. 24, 2017 file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, welcomes Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al Safadi during their meeting in Moscow, Russia.

AMMAN, Jordan -- Saudi Arabia has assured Russia that it supports a gradual process of negotiating local cease-fires and setting up "de-escalation zones" in Syria, Russia's foreign minister said Monday, a day after meeting with Saudi leaders.

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