Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement today (15 February) on the sidelines of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels:
We are working to ensure that the ceasefire task force creates the conditions for a cessation of hostilities in Syria this week. As part of the Munich commitments, however, all sides are also called upon to scale back the violence immediately, even before a ceasefire commences. This applies to the military operations being conducted by Russia and the Syrian regime in the Aleppo area and the latest attacks by PYD (Kurdish Democratic Union Party) militias in northern Syria. In view of the tense situation, Turkey needs to show restraint as well.