Russia seems to be making enemies here and there as Angela Merkel expressed interest in encouraging European Union member countries to agree to bring up more sanctions against Russia because of the situation in Syria. The United States and United Kingdom seem to be on the same page as they work on pacifying Vladimir Putin. Will Russia lose to the West?
Previously, the EU and the U.S. have imposed sanctions on Russia for its role in the annexation of Crimea in 2014, including its support for pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. This time, opposing countries are working on imposing more sanctions on Russia for its role in the conflict in Syria.
Germany Ready To Attack Russia?
According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) newspaper as cited by the South China Morning Post, the German chancellor is trying to get the votes up for more sanctions against Moscow. The attack on a UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy in Syria in the previous month including Russia’s moves in Aleppo have contributed to the increased desire to bring in more sanctions.
Likewise, the United States and Britain also confirmed that they are looking into the matter. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spoke before the gathering of diplomats from almost a dozen nations in London. The two officials also emphasized the importance of arriving at a political solution to what has been going on in Syria.
“All of us are more than concerned and deeply, deeply disturbed by and outraged by what is happening in Aleppo,” USA Today quoted Kerry. “This is the largest humanitarian disaster since World War II.”
Kerry also stressed that the conflict or “horror” could be stopped should Russia and the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad decided to be decent in their actions.
“We are discussing using every mechanism available to us, but I haven’t seen a big appetite in Europe of people to go to war,” Kerry said. “And let me make it clear: We are considering additional sanctions.”
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