Germany's Merkel backs air strikes on Syria as 'necessary and appropriate'

Меркель Германия не будет участвовать в ударе по Сирии

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that approves missile strikes in Syria, which in the night of Saturday, April 14, struck the United States, Britain and France.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the strikes sent a message to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation met Saturday to follow up on the strikes, which Berlin did not participate in but backed. Merkel this week had said Germany would not take part in any military action against Syria.

The forceful tone highlights a new approach from Germany, which has generally avoided backing military intervention.

"The military operation was necessary and appropriate in order to preserve the effectiveness of the global boycott of chemical weapons and deter the Syrian regime from further violations", - quotes the head of the German government's Deutsche Welle.

Maas said it was critical to first achieve a lasting, nationwide ceasefire in Syria, along with humanitarian access, but the next step would be to negotiate a lasting solution that addresses the legitimate interests of the Syrian people. On the other hand, however, he emphasized the necessity of establishing a government through diplomacy, instead of through a forced regime change with military interventions, saying Assad should not be involved in the future of this government, which should embrace the public.

The German government on Friday said it would do all it could to maintain political pressure on Russian Federation over the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday.

He also appeared to back the United Nations roadmap for peace in Syria, which is seen as tougher on the regime than the alternative Russian-sponsored Astana roadmap.

"The key milestones will be creation of a transition government, a constitutional reform and elections", he said.

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