The EU remains resolved to keep sanctions against Russia in place, especially given what is happening in Syria and the role Moscow plays there: DW spoke to Michael Grosse-Brömer, parliamentary leader of the CDU group in the German Bundestag.
The EU has targeted individuals in Syria and Russia with links to chemical weapons attacks. The bloc has been discussing the new sanctions regime since late last year, prompted by the Skripal poisoning in the UK.
Paris has signaled it will support changes to EU guidelines regulating gas imports. Germany has thus far ignored opposition to its project, but it may not be able to any longer.
Staffan de Mistura criticized the peace talks brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey for not breaking the stalemate. Separately, Syria urged the West to lift sanctions in order to help migrants return.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed support for Israel's policy of targeting Iranian forces in Syria. She told Israeli radio that Germany was working to keep Iranian military units away from the Israeli border.
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