German Chancellery Minister and Refugee Coordinator Peter Altmaier (CDU) spoke to DW's Hans Brandt about recent developments in the Syrian conflict, Russia's responsibilities in the region and possible input from the German government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have agreed to forge a demilitarized zone between rebels and Syrian government forces in Syria's Idlib region.
Moscow has accused Washington of using white phosphorus in bombing raids in Syria. This comes as Russia's ally, Syria, reportedly drops barrel bombs on civilians in Idlib.
With Tehran's support, Moscow has renewed its airstrikes against the last major rebel stronghold in Syria. The UN told DW that the looming battle could create the worst humanitarian crisis in decades.
Berlin and Moscow both support building the controversial gas pipeline, but Kyiv is opposed. Economy minister Peter Altmaier is commuting between capitals to find a compromise. Miodrag Soric reports from Moscow.
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