The deputies of the German Bundestag asked the Federal government and the leadership of the European Union with a call to impose new sanctions against Russia because of the situation in Aleppo, Syria. They also propose to establish an “air bridge” to this city. This writes the magazine Spiegel.
The authors of the initiative made by the Chairman of the Committee on foreign Affairs Norbert Röttgen from the CDU and a representative of the Green party of Francis Brantner.
They refer to the fact that, according to incoming reports, the capture of Aleppo by the government forces of Syria, “apparently inevitable.” Allegedly the Syrian army with the help of Russian troops moving further and further into rebel-held areas of the city.
“Every day there are reports of dead and wounded among the civilian population, under attack be including schools and hospitals,” — says the publication.
According to the authors ideas, the sanctions, though are slow, must force the Russian leadership to “calculate the consequences” of their actions. Current position Germany and the EU, they have been criticized for “silence” in this situation.
The proposal to introduce sanctions against Russia because of Syria spoke in the past month. On 21 October, EU leaders condemned the attack on the Syrian government and its allies, above all Russia, against the civilian population in Aleppo and said it would consider “all options” in case “ongoing atrocities”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister, Theresa may, had initially advocated the incorporation in the document the mention of “further restrictive measures against persons and organizations that support the [Syrian] regime.” However, the final communiqué this phrase was deleted.
It was reported that during negotiations at the EU summit in Brussels the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi has persuaded to abandon proposals for new restrictive measures that had been made before the meeting.
Currently against Russia there are a variety of EU sanctions over the situation in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea to Russia. Similar sanctions were imposed by several other Western States. In response Russia has imposed counter-sanctions. Sanctions and counter-sanctions has been repeatedly extended.