Germany vows to keep pressure on Russian Federation over Syria

Marco Green
April 15, 2018

On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that although Germany "support [s] ... that everything is being done to send a signal that this use of chemical weapons is not acceptable", the nation won't participate in military action in Syria.

As the USA and its allies edge toward punitive measures for a chemical weapons attack they blame on Assad, a parallel track is emerging that could possibly include sanctions against Assad's backers.

Germany and France will push for a new worldwide effort to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Syria, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday.

Post-World War II Germany typically has been reluctant to engage in military action, and parliamentary approval is required for any military missions overseas.

Germany has deployed planes over Syria strictly on recon and refuel missions, supporting global efforts against the Islamic State terrorist group.

The military operation was necessary and appropriate step, says the Chancellor.

"We support the fact that our US, British and French allies ... assumed their responsibilities".

Germany, which relies on Russian Federation for about a third of the gas it uses, has long walked a careful line with Moscow - at once pushing for continued sanctions for its annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, while also maintaining dialogue and trade relations.

Last night, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States launched strikes on a number of targets in Syria in response to the alleged chemical attack in Duma.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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