President Barack Obama discussed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a telephone conversation the situation in Syria and Ukraine. The two leaders condemned the attacks on the districts of Aleppo aviation of Russia and Syria, calling them “barbaric”.
“Their conversation focused on the situation in Syria, and they shared a deep concern about the growing violence in the country. They also discussed the situation in Ukraine”, – said the press Secretary of the White house Joshua Ernest.
Both leaders “agreed that Russia and the Syrian regime have a special responsibility for the cessation of hostilities in Syria and for humanitarian access the UN in the besieged and inaccessible areas”.
In addition, Obama and Merkel “strongly condemned” the airstrikes caused in the East of Aleppo in areas where there are hundreds of thousands of civilians, half of them children”, quoted by TASS.
As for Ukraine, Obama expressed strong support for the efforts of the “Normandy Quartet” comprising Germany and France, “search for the speedy and full implementation of the Minsk agreements.” “Both leaders urged the parties to continue to respect the ceasefire, to begin the separation of forces along the line of contact in the shortest possible time and provide unhindered access for international observers in the conflict zone,” – said the press service of the White house.
Yesterday evening, Chancellor Merkel held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Topics of conversation were also the crises in Syria and Ukraine.
The press service of the Kremlin said that Putin once again stressed the importance of fulfilling our American partners on its promises to provide in Syria, the demarcation of the so-called moderate opposition and terrorist groups. Noted that the Russian side will continue its efforts, including in achieving sustainable truce and improving humanitarian situation.
On the subject of Ukrainian settlement, “the Russian President expressed hope that the Ukrainian side, in turn, will refrain from armed provocations in the conflict zone and will take, finally, the real steps to implement their political commitments. In particular, we are talking about the implementation of the Amnesty and constitutional reform, granting Donbass legislated on a permanent basis a special status in the local elections”.