The forthcoming meeting in Berlin on October 19, which will gather the leaders of “Norman Quartet” will be used to discuss the situation in Syria. This was stated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a meeting with President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela, Reuters reports.
The Chancellor noted that after the meeting in “Norman format”, which will discuss the situation in Ukraine, she and French President Francois Hollande intend to discuss separately with Russian President Vladimir Putin the situation in Syria.
Going back to my earlier statement about the “catastrophic humanitarian crisis” in Syria, Merkel said: “Given this situation, I believe that no options, including sanctions, can not be excluded”.
Earlier Tuesday, the Kremlin has confirmed that Vladimir Putin will take part in the meeting of leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine on October 19 in Berlin. Thus a press-the Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov stressed that the meeting “Norman Quartet” is not intended to discuss the situation in Syria. “The purpose of tomorrow’s meeting is a meeting in “Norman format” — he said, referring to the discussion of Ukraine.
Over the weekend the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported, citing a source close to Chancellor Merkel is going to campaign for EU’s new sanctions against Russia because of its actions in Syria. As reported by the publication that the theme of anti-Russian sanctions will be discussed at the summit on 20 and 21 October.
Among the new sanctions, according to the newspaper, discusses the limitations in aircraft and the military-industrial complex.
On the possibility of imposing new sanctions on Russia over the situation in Syria this week said U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry and his British counterpart, Boris Johnson. Both confirmed that does not rule out any options. The decision on sanctions will be made within a few days, said Kerry.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, commenting, information about the possible extension of sanctions by the US and Britain, said that the Kremlin refers to it negatively. However, he urged to postpone the response to possible sanctions over Syria. According to Peskov, it is first necessary “to understand that still meant the British and the Americans.” After that will be “something to say”, he said. Countermeasures are not “ends in themselves”, said Peskov.