Merkel offered to negotiate with Assad about a no-fly zone in Syria


German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited the coalition to combat “Islamic state” (banned in Russia) to agree to create a no-fly zone on the border of Syria and Turkey with Bashar al-Assad. She stated this at a press conference on Wednesday, reports the Associated Press.

According to Merkel, the agreement “between Assad, his supporters and coalition against ISIS” would help establish a no-fly zone, “in which there is a bombing in which citizens would not be under pressure and will not die”. The Chancellor said that we are talking about the area between Aleppo and the Turkish border. From her point of view, such an agreement would be a “sign of goodwill”.

Merkel has proposed establishing a no-fly zone on Monday. Then in an interview with Stuttgarter Zeitung she said that a similar agreement could make the representatives of the international coalition and supporters of Assad.

The Russian foreign Ministry, commenting on the proposal, said that a no-fly zone in Syria can only be established with the consent of the official Damascus. “Any decision establishing any no-fly zones may not be taken without the consent of the receiving party and without the corresponding decision of the UN security Council,” — said the Deputy Minister Gennady Gatilov (quoted by “Interfax”).

During a press conference on Wednesday, Merkel also said that the current actions of Moscow in support of the Syrian army “does not meet the spirit” of the December resolution of the UN security Council on Syria. “They do not meet the spirit of the resolution that adopted the UN security Council in December, and attempts to stop the violence,” he said (quoted by Reuters).

Last week at a press conference with the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Merkel confessed that she was “shocked” by the situation in Syria.

“We are now in the past few days not only shocked, but also shocked by the suffering of tens of thousands of people that they suffer from bombing raids, including air strikes from Russia,” — said the Chancellor.

In response, the Kremlin has called Merkel’s “responsible” to give interpretation of what is happening. “Of course, we again appeal to very carefully and very responsibly to use these interpretations in what is a very fragile situation, which now is in Syria and around the Syrian settlement,” said a spokesman for the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the words of Merkel.