Germany vows to keep pressure on Russian Federation over Syria

GETTYAround 4,000 Syrians have been reported as missing by German BAMF

GETTYAround 4,000 Syrians have been reported as missing by German BAMF

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas portrayed Russia's veto of 12 resolutions in the United Nations Security Council as evidence that the Kremlin is prolonging the war in Syria.

Germany's foreign minister said more pressure should be applied on Russian Federation over its support for President Bashar Al-Assad, hinting at possible non-military measures alongside threatened allied strikes on Syria.

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.

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A new push for peace is being led by France and follows Western intervention in Syria early Saturday morning, targeting sites linked to Damascus' chemical weapons' programme.

"We will work together with France for the creation of an global format of influential states that can provide new momentum for the political process", said Maas, a member of the Social Democrats, junior partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-left coalition government.

The forceful tone highlights a new approach from Germany, which has generally avoided backing military intervention.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday backed air strikes by the United States, France and Britain as a "necessary and appropriate" action to warn Syria against further use of chemical weapons.

Maas also said since the issue in Syria can not be resolved without Russian Federation, they have not cut off contact.

"We will do everything we can to maintain diplomatic and political pressure on Russia", Steffen Seibert, Merkel's chief spokesman, told reporters Friday.

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"The key milestones will be creation of a transition government, a constitutional reform and elections", he said.

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