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Merkel Advocates Introduction of No-Fly Zone in Syria

© REUTERS / Khalil AshawiA warplane which activists say belongs to the Russian forces flies in the sky over the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria October 2, 2015
A warplane which activists say belongs to the Russian forces flies in the sky over the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria October 2, 2015 - Sputnik International
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed Monday her support for the no-fly zone over Syria.

BERLIN (Sputnik) — Turkey has actively advocated for establishing a no-fly zone in northern Syria to US and NATO opposition.

"In the current situation, introduction of an area where no side could carry out airstrikes, a kind of no-fly zone, could be helpful. We cannot negotiate with terrorists. But if it were possible to achieve such an agreement between the anti-Assad coalition and those supporting Assad, it would really help," she said in an interview with the local Stuttgarter Zeutung newspaper.

In November, US President Barack Obama said imposing a no-fly zone in Syria to improve the humanitarian situation in the region was counterproductive.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) shake hands during the press conference, after a meeting at the Chancellery, in Berlin on January 22, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Since 2011, Syria has been mired in a civil war with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups, including Daesh and al-Nusra Front.

Russia has been conducting precision airstrikes against terrorists in Syria at the request of Assad since September 30, 2015. A US-led international coalition has been bombing Daesh targets since 2014, without Damascus' approval.

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