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Merkel worried over Russia’s influence in Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, on 25 September 2019 [Abdülhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]
German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, on 25 September 2019 [Abdülhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]

Germany’s chancellor on Thursday voiced concern over the US decision to withdraw troops from Syria, arguing that it would further increase the influence of Russia and Iran in the region, reported by Anadolu Agency. 

Addressing lawmakers at the Bundestag before heading to Brussels for a summit of EU leaders, Angela Merkel criticised Turkey’s ongoing operation in northern Syria, expressed concerns over the recent US-Turkey tensions and President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from the region.

“Talking about the geopolitical repercussions, we have to figure out that Russia has significantly increased its influence in the region, together with Iran, after the withdrawal of American soldiers,” she said.

“And the consequences of this new situation is not yet foreseeable,” Merkel added.

The German chancellor repeated her criticism of Turkey’s ongoing operation against the YPG/PKK group in northern Syria, arguing that this might lead to a humanitarian crisis and further instability in the region.

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