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The West Should Stop Shipping Arms to the Middle East to Ensure Peace in Syria

© AFP 2021 / DELIL SOULEIMANArmed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016
Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016 - Sputnik International
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According to Andrej Hunko, a German MP and member of the Left Party, the end of the Syrian war can only take place in the distant future. The military involvement of various parties in the country has changed nothing, but the Russian military operation has strengthened the fight against terrorism, he argued.

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In Hunko's opinion, Russian involvement in Syria is — in contrast to that of the US-led coalition — in accordance with international law. At the same time, Hunko, mentioned that his party, in general, is against the notion of conducting military activity in a foreign country.

The politician stressed that peace in Syria can only be made possible through negotiations between the major powers.

"Russia should be a part of a peaceful solution. There is a need for agreement between the US, Russia and regional powers like Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia," Hunko told Sputnik, adding that there is no alternative to the peace talks.

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Whether the West has the political will to reach such an agreement is highly questionable, "taking into account Germany's weapons supplies to Saudi Arabia and the US arms deliveries to the al-Nusra Front". According to him, Germany could have stopped the supplies if the federal government really wanted to.

"I would like to hear the opinion of the German Justice concerning the supply of arms to Saudi Arabia and Qatar," Hunko stated.

Hunko's colleague and fellow Left Party member Wolfgang Gehrke also commented on the Syrian conflict in an interview with Sputnik.

"I've always had the impression that Daesh, the al-Nusra Front and other Islamist organizations have received money via Turkey, the US, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to acquire weapons," he said.

In order to end the war in Syria, one should immediately sign "a temporary truce that would allow the population to leave the eastern part of the city of Aleppo. [We also need] the suppression of any cash flows and weapons supplies to ensure peace in Syria."

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