Putin plays a key role in determining whether a ceasefire can be reached

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin plays a key role in determining whether a ceasefire can be reached to let humanitarian relief into the eastern Syrian city of Aleppo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan pose for a group picture during the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan pose for a group picture during the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

“It is extremely urgent. It’s clear that time is pressing given the suffering of the people,” Merkel said at a news conference at the close of the G20 summit in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.

She said she hoped the United States and Russia could reach agreement on a longer ceasefire that would allow humanitarian aid to be delivered.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal)

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