Germany refuses to join potential strike on Syria

Germany refuses to join potential strike on Syria

Germany and France will introduce the new format of talks on Syria, which would include influential states to ensure the political settlement of the conflict in the Middle Eastern country, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday.

He added: "Strikes by US, France and United Kingdom make it clear the Syrian regime, together with Russian Federation and Iran, can not continue this human tragedy, at least not without cost". It had previously stated that Germany would not participate in a possible military strike on Syria.

As a result, it seems that the cacophony rising from Washington will continue for a further while.German Chancellor Angela Merkel may have made history as the most passive leader in the leading European Union countries.

But Russian president Vladimir Putin condemned the Syria strikes as an "act of aggression" that would have a "destructive" influence on global relations.

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In the first days when the news circulated, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan highlighted that this was not the first crime that Bashar Assad committed against humanity, saying that Assad would pay a heavy price.

The German government on Friday said it would do all it could to maintain political pressure on Russian Federation over the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday.

On the night of 14 April, the President of the United States Donald trump in his address to the nation announced the start of missile attacks on Syria.

Russia, meanwhile, continues to maintain that reports of chemical weapons used in the Saturday attack on rebel-held Douma are false. Before meeting his advisers on Thursday, Trump said "we're looking very very seriously, very closely" at the Syria situation.

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