German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech at the Day of German Industry 2016 conference in Berlin, Germany, October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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A German official Friday called for new sanctions against Russia over its role in the bombardment of Syria, saying Moscow's involvement in war crimes could not go unpunished.While some European lawmakers -- including Elmar Brok, who is also a member of Merkel's CDU -- have called for sanctions, a senior European diplomat has said sanctions could prove extremely difficult for Europe.A German foreign ministry spokesman told reporters on Wednesday, shortly before Western officials met in Berlin to discuss the Syrian conflict, that there were no international proposals to impose sanctions on Russia over its role in Syria.
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