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Tillerson: Russia must choose between Iran and Syria or WestThe foreign ministers of the G7 nations discussed imposing sanctions on Russia and Syria but eventually decided against the option. French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that the U.S. missile strike in Syria “opened a small window of opportunity” to end the crisis.
The G7 nations gathered today (Tuesday) in Tuscany, Italy. U.S. President Donald Trump called on the additional powers in the bloc- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain- to impose sanctions on Russia and Syria in light of the chemical attack in Idlib. However, this proposal was rejected. Nevertheless, the nations agreed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cannot be part of Syria’s future, according to French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
“We will tell Russia to stop the hypocrisy regarding the Syrian matter and join forces with other countries in order to bring the civil war to an end,” added the senior level French official. “Moscow needs to change its direction and start to participate in the political process to get all of us out of the situation that we are in regarding Syria.”
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Ayrault also told reporters that the U.S. military action in Syria “opened a small window of opportunity” to end the crisis. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during the conference that the U.S. “cannot let this happen again,” when referring to the chemical attack in Idlib. Tillerson said that the interests of Iran and Hezbollah are different than those of Russia and that Moscow should form an alliance with the U.S. and other countries.
“Russia can be a part of that future and play an important role or Russia can maintain its alliance with this group [Iran and Assad], which we believe is not going to serve Russia’s interests longer term,” Tillerson told reporters shortly before leaving for Moscow. “It is clear to us the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end.”
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