Putin's emphasis on suppressing terrorists in Syria
Russian President on talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the latest developments emphasized eliminating all the terrorists.
Iran Press/Europe: In their phone call with Russian President Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron expressed their "concern over the humanitarian catastrophe for residents of Syria's Idlib province", Merkel's office said.
A months-long offensive by Russia-backed Syrian troops against militants backed by Turkey in northwest Idlib has seen close to 1 million civilians fleeing the violence.
The two European Union leaders "expressed their willingness to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Erdogan to find a political solution to the crisis", the chancellor's office said.
Merkel and Macron "called for an immediate end to the fighting and unfettered humanitarian access to people in need", their statement said.
Since Syria's civil war erupted in 2011, the country has never seen so many people displaced in so short a time.
In nine years, millions of civilians have fled their homes and more than 380,000 have been killed.
The UN urged neighboring Turkey to admit the newly displaced people but Ankara is resisting as it already has some 3.7 million Syrians on its territory.