WSJ: EU Push on Russia, Syria to End Aleppo Bombing
Russia’s Defense Ministry says its forces, Syrian government troops, would hold a unilateral cease-fire on Oct. 20, reports Interfax.
LUXEMBOURG—European Union foreign ministers on Monday pledged swift action to broaden sanctions against the Assad regime and called on Russia to live up to its responsibilities and end the bombing of Aleppo immediately.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also announced she will begin a new outreach on Tuesday to start talks on Syria’s political future with Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and other key regional players. Ms. Mogherini had already floated the initiative privately last week but it remains unclear how much support the initiative will get.
In a statement adopted Monday afternoon, the EU pledged to “act swiftly…with the aim of imposing further restrictive measures against Syria” targeting Syrian officials and entities.
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Update: EU condemns Russia over Aleppo, to impose more Syrian sanctions (Reuters)
WNU Editor: Sanctions will not have an impact .... the Syrian economy is already destroyed, and the Assad family and its closest allies are already under sanctions.