Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) to Pressure Russia to break ties with Syria President

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Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialized nations meeting in Lucca in Italy are looking to put pressure on Russia to break its ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Calling last week’s US missile strike on a Syrian airbase a game changer, Boris Johnson, UK foreign minister, said that support for Assad was toxifying the reputation of Russia and suggested that sanctions could be imposed on Russia if it refused to change course.

Italy has invited the foreign ministers from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Qatar to sit down with the G7 group in Lucca on Tuesday to discuss Syria.

Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, is due to travel to Moscow on Tuesday at the end of the two-day gathering in the Tuscan city with his Italian, German, French, British, Japanese and Canadian counterparts.