German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russia to urgently stop the bombing of Aleppo. While the ruling in Germany’s coalition are currently discussing the feasibility of tightening economic sanctions against Russia in connection with the situation in Syria, reports DW.
“In this case, I can appeal only to Russia. Russia has a strong influence on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. We should put an end to this terrible crime”, – said Merkel, speaking at the event, Christian democratic Union (CDU) in Magdeburg.
She stressed that “there is no legal basis for the bombing of hospitals and doctors, to the intent to cause harm”. “What’s going on there, horrible. The world community must do everything possible to try to achieve a ceasefire and to provide the necessary”, she added.
The official representative of the German government Steffen Seibert, in turn, stated that he is sympathetic to the suggested proposals on the introduction of additional sanctions against Russia. Previously such a call was made, among others, representatives of the CDU Elmar Brok and Norbert röttgen.
“The lack of response and sanctions in response to severe war crimes would be a scandal,” said Röttgen German position. Röttgen, is a member of the same party of the German Chancellor, believes that Russia “undoubtedly guilty” of “serious war crimes”.
Economic sanctions against Moscow will not work right away, but in the long run they will affect the policy of Russia, said Röttgen. He also slammed accusations against other European countries, which, according to him, “do not call a spade a spade” and do not take the necessary actions against Russia, as “afraid to take this step”.
Earlier, on October 7, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry urged to investigate war crimes of Russia and Syria in Aleppo, including the bombing of hospitals and civilian targets. He stated this at a press conference with the Minister of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Marc Ayrault, who arrived in Washington from Moscow, where he met with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
According to Secretary of state, these actions in Aleppo, “far from luck”. Kerry accused Russia and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in the use of “a deliberate strategy of terrorizing the civilian population” and said he was waiting for an honest discussion about what steps you can take after “the bombing of Aleppo and the siege of innocent people in the twenty-first century.”
Kerry mentioned a night attack on the hospital in which 20 people died and about a hundred injured. According to Kerry, Putin and Assad needs peace “more than just an explanation for why they continue the attacks on hospitals and medical institutions, as well as women and children.” “These actions require proper investigation as war crimes,” he said.
October 3 the U.S. state Department announcedthat the US cease negotiations with Russia on the settlement of the situation in Syria and withdraw its personnel who were involved in the creation of a Joint Executive center.
Washington’s decision was due to the fact that “Russia has failed to fulfill its promises, including its obligations under international humanitarian law”. Washington said “or Moscow’s unwillingness or inability forced the Syrian regime to cooperate”.