G7 ministers reject Boris Johnson's call for targeted Syria sanctions

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US envoy Nikki Haley says Syria regime change is 'inevitable'

US and Russian interests do overlap in some areas, such as combating extremist groups, placing limits on their nuclear weapons and missiles, and until a few years ago, working to expand economic ties. "We have seen it all already".

Secondly, we don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there.

"Right now, I think everyone in the world sees Russian Federation as part of the problem", McMaster said. It's unclear if Putin and Tillerson will meet.

Thomas told reporters at the Pentagon that the increased emphasis on defensive measures to protect USA troops on the ground in Syria led to a slight and temporary decline in offensive us airstrikes against IS in Syria.

Speaking after meeting with Tillerson, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said ministers "will be discussing the possibility of further sanctions, certainly, on some of the Syrian military figures and indeed on some of the Russian military figures". The official, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly on intelligence matters and demanded anonymity, didn't offer concrete proof and others in the Trump administration cautioned that no final determination of Russia's foreknowledge had been made.

35 percent believe Trump is "too friendly" to Russian Federation; 48 percent say "about right"; and 8 percent say he's "too hostile". President Barack Obama never wound up launching strikes against Syria, despite having set the infamous "red line".

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine believes that militarization of the Crimean peninsula and its use for Russian military operations in Syria constitutes a grave threat to European security", the statement said. One government official after another has suggested they would like to see Assad gone, but not elaborated on whether it's an immediate US priority.

"Regardless of whether Russia was complicit here or whether they were simply incompetent or whether they got outwitted by the Bashar al-Assad regime", Tillerson told CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, "you would have to ask the Russians that question".

Washington has sent mixed signals about whether it shares the determination of allies such as Britain that Assad must be removed from power.

"The reign of the Assad family is coming to an end", he confidently predicted. "But the question of how that ends and the transition itself could be very important in our view to the durability, the stability inside of a unified Syria".

In her interview with CNN's "State of the Union", Haley said removing Assad from power was one of a number of priorities for the US.

The Group of Seven (G-7) major global powers were joined by Middle East allies on Tuesday (April 11) in a push to isolate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, hours before the U.S. secretary of state flies to Moscow, Assad's top backer.

He did not rule out additional strikes if Assad continued to engage in atrocities against rebel forces with either chemical or conventional weapons.

-Russian relations. And it is being made as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson travels to Moscow for talks on Syria and other matters.

The entry timed 8:50 a.m. has been corrected to say that Tillerson is meeting Lavrov on Wednesday, not Putin.

The top US diplomat and Sergei Lavrov will likely talk about what comes next for the two countries.

The allegation of Russian foreknowledge is grave, even by the standards of the now dismal U.S.

On Monday Tillerson raised fresh expectations for aggressive US action - and not only in Syria - as he visited the site of a Second World War Nazi massacre in central Italy, saying the USA would hold to account "all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world".

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