After a series of talks between the US and Russia failed to produce a joint ceasefire agreement for Syria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel out herself in the middle of her country’s two strongest allies, urging them to finish the agreement.
In a Reuters report, Merkel was cited saying:
“I can only hope that Russia and the United States make progress on a ceasefire agreement, that the bombing of doctors and hospitals can be stopped, and the people in Aleppo are suffering so terribly. That is an indefensible situation.”
When talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov resulted in a non-agreement, President Obama met with Russia’s Vladimir Putin during the G20 Summit on Monday to sort things out, but like previous talks, the 90-minute meeting resulted in both sides not agreeing.
Putin spoke with reporters after the talk and remained optimistic that a deal would be met in the next few days, but a US official set quite a different tone, saying that while the talk was constructive, “if we cannot get the type of agreement we want, we will walk away from that effort”.
As Merkel often finds herself needing to play sides between US and Russian disagreements, it’s not all that surprising that she wants them to make some sort of deal. Will her statement have an effect though? Probably not.