"They are still talking about safety zones. Unfortunately, the European Union is also starting to take the concept of security zones as a given under blackmail from Turkey. At least when [US President Barack] Obama was in Hannover, [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel said at a press conference that ‘we support the idea of security zones’, which Obama immediately publicly disowned, but it sounded symptomatic," Lavrov said.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Merkel on April 24, Obama said the so-called safe zones in Syria would be impractical short of a military contribution to "take over a chunk of that country."
Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly voiced support for creating a safe zone in Syria.