Moscow and Ankara brokered a deal in September to clear northern Syria of armed groups. [Sergei Chirikov/Reuters]

Russia has told Turkey it has no right to create a “safe zone” inside Syria unless it sought and received the consent of President Bashar al-Assad, signalling tensions as a three-way summit on the Syrian conflict began.

President Vladimir Putin, one of Assad’s closest allies, was hosting the summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Thursday,

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