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Merkel says all options open before Wednesday meeting with Putin on Syria
October 18, 2016 / 12:45 PM / a year ago

Merkel says all options open before Wednesday meeting with Putin on Syria

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said no options could be taken off the table ahead of talks on Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the situation in Syria, where a Russian-backed air campaign has killed several hundred people.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the National Palace in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Merkel said she and French President Francois Hollande would discuss Syria with Putin after they meet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Berlin to discuss the implementation of the Minsk peace plan to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine - a meeting from which she said no wonders could be expected.

Turning to what she said was a disastrous humanitarian crisis in Syria, Merkel added: “Given this situation, I believe no option - including that of sanctions - can be taken off the table.”

“But the priority must first be to relieve the pain of the people. That will be an issue tomorrow. There again, no wonders are to be expected,” Merkel told a news conference after meeting Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela.

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Andrea Shalal

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