Monday, April 10, 2017

G7 Ministers Meet In Italy. Syria And Russia Are On The Agenda

Reuters: G7 ministers look to persuade Russia to abandon Syria's Assad

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations met in Italy on Monday, looking to put pressure on Russia to break its ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In a shift in Washington's strategy, U.S. missiles hit a Syrian air base last week in retaliation for what the United States and its allies say was a poison gas attack by Syria's military in which scores of civilians died. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the assault.

U.S. President Donald Trump had previously appeared disinclined to intervene against the Syrian leader and the attack raised expectations that he might now be ready to adopt a tougher-than-expected stance with Russia, Assad's main backer.

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More News On Today's G7 Ministerial Meeting

G-7 ministers seek unity in bid to press Russia over Assad -- AP
G7 hardens line on Russia backing Assad -- Financial Times
G7 try to persuade Russia to abandon Assad -- 7News/AAP
G7 seeks united front on Assad and Russia -- BBC
Boris Johnson asks G7 to consider fresh sanctions against Russia and Syria -- The Guardian
Tillerson: US will 'hold to account' states that commit atrocities -- CNN
Syria, Russia to dominate G7 meeting amid questions over US strategy -- DW
G7 countries meet, seek clarity on U.S. policy toward Syria -- UPI

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