The German Chancellor announced that the EU will take action in order to put an end to the deteriorating situation in Syria.

Merkel and Putin

Merkel and Putin Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

While the Russian and Syrian airstrikes on Aleppo continue, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today (Friday) that the entire world needs to take action in order to end the “barbaric” situation in the city. Merkel added that if the attacks do not end, the EU will take measures against Russia and the Syrian government. Additional European leaders also condemned Russia for the continuous attacks on the city.

“We demand an end to the attacks,” said Merkel. “We have not only said that we could not only impose sanctions against Syria but also sanctions against all who are allied with Syria. This applies to Russia.” The EU leaders indented to impose new sanctions on Moscow but Italy has been opposing this course of action.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she would support sending a strict message to Russia and Syria in order to cause them to cease the attacks. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called the attacks on Aleppo “crimes of historic proportions.”