03:07 GMT02 August 2021
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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.

    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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    Syria, Germany, Angela Merkel, no-fly zone
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