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Syria war: G7 nations sideline U.K. call for Russia sanction

Apr 11, 2017, 6:30 AM EDT
U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, heads to Moscow to persuade President Vladimir Putin.
(Source: U.S. Department of State/flickr)

The Group of Seven foreign ministers held a meeting with their Middle Eastern counterparts on Tuesday to reach a common ground over threatening Russia with strict sanctions if it fails to abandon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. However, the G7 powers failed to reach an agreement over slapping new sanctions on Russia and Syria.

The development comes just hours before U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, heads to Moscow to persuade President Vladimir Putin, who faces mounting pressure to withdraw support from the Syrian regime and work towards achieving a political resolution to end the six-year-old conflict in the Middle East nation, writes Reuters.

The approval of Britain’s proposal to impose sanctions on certain Russian and Syrian officials might have provided “political ammunition” to Tillerson, as he prepares for a negotiation with Moscow, notes the BBC. However, history is witness to the fact that ultimatums don’t bother Russia, which is already subjected to a string of sanctions over its annexation of Crimea. 

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