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U.S. slams Russia’s failure as G7 leaders fret over Syria war

Apr 10, 2017, 5:49 AM EDT
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia failed to ensure that Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is destroyed.
(Source: U.S. Department of State/flickr)

Ahead of a G7 meeting in Italy on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson slammed Russia over its failure to stop the Syrian regime from carrying out a chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians in a rebel-held town last week. The meeting of G7 foreign ministers is likely to be dominated by talks on how to persuade Moscow to distance itself from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The rhetoric over the recent U.S. airstrike in Syria further intensified on Sunday after a joint command center, comprising forces of Russia, Iran and other militia groups backing Assad, warned of strict retaliatory measures if Washington repeats its aggression against the sovereign state, notes the BBC.

Russia also lashed out at Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, after the leader called off his upcoming trip to Moscow. The Russian foreign ministry said it doesn’t want any dialogue with the U.K. as the latter lacks a real influence on the course of international affairs, writes The Guardian.