‘Putin key in Syrian conflict resolution’

President Putin

President Putin

BERLIN. – Several key German politicians have urged for close cooperation with the Russian president in solving the ongoing military conflict in Syria, saying it can’t be resolved without Russia’s support.

Horst Seehofer, the leader of one of Germany’s main conservative parties, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), has called for closer cooperation with Russia in settling the Syrian military conflict, adding that it can’t be resolved without the help of President Putin, according to Spiegel magazine.

A similar comment was voiced on Saturday by Chancellor Merkel, who also urged the Western powers to turn to Russia for help.

“Germany and other Western European powers need to work with Russia as well as the United States to solve the crisis in Syria,” she was quoted as saying by the country’s media.

“We need a common diplomatic initiative of the United Nations with the participation of Russia, the US, the EU and the regional powers,” Spiegel quotes another politician, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and On Monday, the party leadership will discuss ways to cooperate with Moscow.

Meanwhile, Russia has reiterated that Syria’s fate should be decided solely by the Syrians, without any outside pressure.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Saturday that Moscow considers attempts to impose any decisions from outside on Syria’s future upon the country’s citizens unacceptable.

He also reiterated that Russian President Vladimir Putin had repeatedly stressed that it was upon Syria to decide the country’s future. – Sputinik.