Merkel, Putin tackle tough topics in meeting outside Berlin

Merkel, Putin tackle tough topics in meeting outside BerlinStanding beside Putin, Merkel said both countries – but especially Russia as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council – had a responsibility to tackle these problems. Merkel said it was important to avert a humanitarian crisis in Idlib, Syria and the surrounding region, and said she and Putin had already discussed the issue of constitutional reforms and possible elections when they last met in Sochi in May. Putin told reporters that everything must be done to help Syrian refugees to return to their country and that Syria needed assistance to rebuild. On Ukraine, Merkel said she hoped there would be fresh efforts could be undertaken at the beginning of the new school year to disentangle Ukrainian military forces and separatists on the front lines in the Donbass region.

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