Merkel, Putin to meet against Syria crisis

Source : 112 Ukraine

Despite the accusations, Russia will continue the bilateral contacts with Germany
15:18, 18 April 2018


Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany plans to meet Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia against the tensions between the West and Russia due to the Syria Conflict. Also, the leaders discussed the Donbas Conflict and the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as DW reported.

Earlier during the phone call, Merkel partially accused Russia of the chemical attack that took place in Douma on April 7. She said that Moscow as an ally of Bashar al-Assad is also responsible for the use of the chemical weapons.

Related: Syrian air defense repels missile strike on military bases near Homs, Damaskus

However, Kremlin has not announced the meeting between Merkel and Putin after their phone conversation. Moreover, Russia emphasized that the missile strikes on Syria launched by the US, UK and France threaten the settlement of the crisis.

'The Russian president stressed once again that the actions by a group of Western countries, which committed an act of aggression against Syria, grossly violated the norms of international law, including the UN Charter, and substantially damaged the peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis', Kremlin said.

Related: Russian military reports discovery of chemical weapon facility in Douma

On April 13, the U.S. troops landed a missile strike on chemical infrastructure in Syria; the UK and France joined in. The strikes killed at least six people and dealt damage to a number of weaponry research objects. 

On April 7, the volunteer organizations reported that the chemical attack at Douma, the East Ghouta took place. As a result of this attack at least 70 people died. The Syrian government and Russia called this information untrue, while the US and allies have blamed Bashar al-Assad for the attack.

Related: G7 supports U.S. missile strike on Syria

In its turn, Russia’s Foreign Ministry claimed that the missiles should aim the ‘terrorists’. The General Staff of Russia recommended the US and its allies to restore Syrian Raqqa instead of threats.

As at April 13, Germany and Italy refused to participate in the possible military operation in Syria.

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