Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
7th February, 2016
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has condemned Russia’s actions in Syria, according to ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine’.
“Now it is not possible to sacrifice the chance for a political solution in favor of short-sighted military tactics”, he said. According to him, Russian air strikes “changed the balance of military forces” and triggered a new wave of refugees. We need to resume Geneva talks to achieve a truce and create humanitarian corridors to besieged regions of Syria,” said Steinmeier.
Politicians of the ruling coalition in Germany have also condemned the Russian bombings, continues the publication. “Russia’s actions are an expression of cruel cynicism of the policies of Moscow”, – said Chairman of foreign policy Commission of the Bundestag Norbert Röttgen. According to him, Russia wants to bomb anti-Assad opposition first , and then encourage others to joint the fight against “Islamic State”. That is, the Kremlin will propose a solution, which they created, he explained. Röttgen added that Russia benefits from the increase in the number of refugees moving to Europe.
The German government’s commissioner of cooperation with Russia, Gernot Erler, has also criticized Russia, the newspaper writes. “To pursue a peaceful settlement and to continue the bombing – are incompatible things”, he said. It is impossible to test the strength of the desire of other countries to fight for peace, and to bet on a military solution to the conflict, Erler added: “It won’t bring any good”.