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European Union foreign ministers warn of new Syrian sanctions

After Britain and France joined the US in missile salvoes meant to knock out Syrian chemical arms facilities, EU foreign ministers eyed steps to deepen the isolation of Bashar al-Assad

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EU flags outside the ECB headquarter
European Union flags flutter outside the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany (Photo: Reuters)

foreign ministers threatened on Monday new sanctions on over what the West says were chemical attacks on its own people but held off from joining expected new punitive measures against

After Britain and France joined the United States in missile salvoes meant to knock out Syrian chemical arms facilities, foreign ministers eyed steps to deepen the isolation of

“The will continue to consider further restrictive measures against as long as the repression continues,” all 28 foreign ministers said in a statement after their talks in Luxembourg, referring to economic sanctions.

They also endorsed the US, British and French air strikes carried out on Saturday that Western powers said were a response to an April 7 poison on the rebel enclave of “It is very important to stress (the strikes are) not an attempt to change the tide of the war in Syria,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told reporters here.

First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 21:22 IST
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