Russian warship Grisha class Corvette 617 "Mirazh" passes the bosphorus on its way to Syria on October 7, 2016 in Istanbul. AFP / OZAN KOSE
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday urged Russia to use its influence with the Syrian government to end the devastating bombardment of Aleppo.Her government also opened the door to possible sanctions against Russia for its role in the conflict. In some of her harshest comments to date, Merkel said there was no basis in international law for bombing hospitals, and that Moscow should use its influence with Syrian President Bashar Assad to end the bombing of civilians. Merkel's chief spokesman Steffen Seibert, speaking at a news conference, declined to rule out possible sanctions against Russia for its part in the conflict, but said Berlin's top priority remained a cease-fire to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians.Norbert Roettgen, a member of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the German parliament, called for new sanctions against Russia over its role in the bombardment of Syria.
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