- Title: Merkel threatens steps against Russia over Aleppo bombing
- Date: 21st October 2016
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (OCTOBER 21, 2016) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 5th November 2016 14:57
- Keywords: Merkel Germany CETA Russia sanctions Syria
- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Topics: European Union,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00154Y7TQF
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (October 21) demanded an end to attacks by Syrian government forces and Russia on the northern city of Aleppo, adding that the European Union would take measures against both if the bombing campaign continued.
"Nevertheless we have laid the groundwork because we have said not only that we could imagine measures against Syria but also measures against all who are allied with Syria in this regard. This also applies to Russia," Merkel said in Brussels.
EU leaders condemned Russia for its bombing of civilians in the besieged city of Aleppo but faced resistance from Italy to impose new sanctions against Moscow over the atrocities.
Merkel also said on Friday she was optimistic that EU member states will find a solution to the deadlock preventing the bloc from signing a free trade deal with Canada.
All 28 EU governments support the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), but Belgium cannot give assent without backing from five sub-federal administrations, and French-speaking Wallonia has steadfastly opposed it.
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