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By NewsGram staff writer

United Nations: While addressing the general debate of the UN General Assembly, which opened on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said It would be an “enormous mistake” to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian government, Xinhua news agency reported.

“We think that it is an enormous mistake to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian government and its armed forces who are valiantly fighting terrorism face to face,” said Putin.

“We should finally acknowledge that no one but President Assad’s forces and the Kurdish militia are truly fighting the IS and other terrorist organisations in Syria.”

Putin said Moscow’s approach to Syria has drawn criticism but insisted this was only because Russia was more honest and frank about its ambitions than its critics.

“It is not about Russia’s ambitions but about the recognition of the fact that we can no longer tolerate the current state of affairs in the world,” he said.

Putin also took aim at a proposal put forward by France to limit the use of the veto in the UN Security Council. “The veto right has always been exercised — by the US, the UK, France, China, and Russia alike — it is absolutely natural for so diverse and representative organisation,” he said, referring to the five permanent members who have veto power on the UN Security Council.

“When the UN was established its founders did not think there would always be unanimity,” he said. “The mission of the organisation is to seek and reach compromises and its strength comes from taking different views and opinions into consideration.”

Over 140 heads of government are expected to speak at this year’s general debate of the 193-member General Assembly in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UN.

 

(With inputs from IANS)

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Merkel Told Putin, US Complicated Middle East Situation

"But if you want to solve problems, you have to talk to each other," Merkel was quoted as saying.

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in a bid to inform Merkel's and Macron's respective meetings with US President Donald Trump in Washington this week, German federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said Sunday, reported Xinhua news agency.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the Middle East situation had been complicated by the US’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

According to a statement issued by the German government, Merkel made the remarks on Friday during her meeting with Putin in Russia’s Black Sea city of Sochi, Xinhua news agency reported.

Merkel told Putin that Germany, like the rest of Europe, did not want to leave the agreement and wanted to continue to support it. With regard to the Iranian nuclear programme, the agreement gives “more security, more control and, above all, more transparency”.

But there are also topics “that have to be talked about with Iran”, Merkel said, referring to the concerns of the Iranian ballistic missile program, and the question of how to proceed after the expiration of each element of the nuclear agreement.

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Merkel stressed after her talks with Putin how important it was to have an open exchange of ideas, especially if the two countries have different views, adding that the German-Russian cooperation had endured serious differences.

“But if you want to solve problems, you have to talk to each other,” Merkel was quoted as saying.

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With regard to the situation in Ukraine, Merkel said the Minsk accord was the “only basis” to achieve peace in east Ukraine, and agreed with Putin that it was important to station a UN peacekeeping troop in the area.

With regard to Syria, Merkel said that Germany would continue to support UN’s mediation efforts with full force, saying it was important the already-agreed upon process of constitutional reform really got going. (IANS)

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