Putin: Syria Crisis Can Only Be Solved Through U.N. at Astana, Geneva Talks

Russian president stresses importance of U.N. role during meeting with Merkel in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, government media reports

A solution to the crisis in Syria can only be found through the United Nations based on the Geneva and Astana talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

During a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin said the two leaders had agreed to galvanize the peace talks through the Astana and Geneva negotiations.

“We are confident that a solution to the Syrian problem can be found only through United Nations brokered peace talks,” Putin said, according to TASS agency.

The Russian president also called for a thorough and unbiased investigation into the incident of chemical weapons use in Khan Sheikhoun, condemning the use of chemical weapons and stressing the need to punish those responsible.

For her part, Merkel announced her country’s readiness to fully support the cessation of hostilities in Syria.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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