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Separately, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that two Russians were kidnapped along with an Italian in Syria, and their captors have demanded a ransom for their release.

The three, who worked at a Syrian steel plant, were kidnapped late Monday on the road between Tartus, where Russia has a naval base, and Homs, the ministry said in a statement. It did not specify the amount of the ransom demand.

• Associated Press writers John Heilprin in Geneva, Albert Aji in Damascus, Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, and Elizabeth A. Kennedy and Zeina Karam in Beirut contributed to this report.