Russia President Vladimir Putin asked for an impartial investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Syria that raised sensitivities within most Western capitals.
Speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin said that Russia condemns the use of chemical weapons and there should be an impartial investigation into what happened in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria.
Western leaders, including U.S.President Donald Trump, have asked Russia to stop supporting the Syrian regime led by Bashar al-Assad. They blame it for dropping bombs containing the nerve agent Sarin during an attack last month.
Putin told reporters that he agreed on the need for more active talks to resolve the Syrian war.
Merkel and Putin also discussed the conflict in Ukraine which has dragged on for several years, after Russia's annexation of Crimea. Putin said that such a conflict is a concern and confirmed the need for an implementation of the Minsk agreement by all sides. The deal, between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine, for a ceasefire was reached 2015. Yet the fighting in Ukraine has continued.