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


European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso attend a G7 summit at the official residence of the Dutch prime minister in The Hague on March 24, 2014.

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Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations met in Italy on April 10, looking to put pressure on Russia to break its ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian air base last week in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in a rebel-held region by Assad’s forces has raised expectations that President Donald Trump is ready to adopt a tougher-than-expected stance with Russia.

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