Russia's Lavrov and USA's Tillerson talk Syria after bombing allegations

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shaking hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Treaty Room of the State Department in Washington, DC, on May 10, 2017.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shaking hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Treaty Room of the State Department in Washington, DC, on May 10, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Sunday (Sept 17) that United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had phoned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday to discuss the Syria situation and how the "anti-terrorism" battle on the ground was playing out.

The call occurred after US-backed militias in Syria said they had come under attack on Saturday from Russian jets and Syrian government forces in Deir al-Zor province, a flashpoint in an increasingly complex battlefield.

The Russian Foreign Ministry did not say in its statement about the Lavrov-Tillerson call if the two men had discussed that allegation and how Moscow had responded if they had.