Merkel favors safe zones in northern Syria amid Turkish-Russian standoff: report

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Bernd Von Jutrczenka

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told fellow conservative lawmakers that she is in favor of setting up safety zones in northern Syria where Turkey is in a deepening standoff with Russia, two participants at the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday.

Merkel also criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for refusing to take part in a four-way meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron to de-escalate the Syrian crisis, the parliamentary sources added.

The RIA news agency cited the Kremlin as saying earlier on Tuesday that Putin discussed the situation in Syria’s Idlib region with Merkel in a telephone call.

The call came as fighting intensified in Syria’s Idlib region where Turkey and allied rebels are battling Russia-backed Syrian government forces. Nearly a million people have been displaced there in recent months.

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  1. In Moskaw There will be certainly no permanent solution. – Russia want a joint action to eliminate terror gangs and territories and come to a compleet liberated Syrian. -Turkey want a cease fire ( what en where ever but a national sellable deal in witch Erdogan does mot lose face) . If there will be an agreement, what I doubt knowing Erdogans overestimation and Putins principle firmness this will be a joint ellimination of jihadists and a cease fire on condition that the highways are Syrian territory completed whit a timeframe for Turkey to leave Syria. The world needs a safe zone and no fly zone without Turkey, Russia and under UNO but this can be much smaller then today idlib.