UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is expected to use today’s G7 meeting in Lucca to call on fellow member states to ramp up sanctions against Russia following the latest developments in Syria, according to The Times, unless Moscow refuses to end its support for the Assad regime and removes its forces from Syria to enable aid convoys to return.
On April 7, at the direction of US President Donald Trump, the US forces fired 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) on a Syrian military air base located in the Homs Governorate in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Idlib Governorate on April 4. While the US authorities believe that the airstrike on Idlib was launched from the air base that they subsequently bombed, the Russian and Syrian militaries have denied their involvement in the attack.
The day after the attack, Johnson called off a visit to Moscow that was scheduled for today in the wake of “Russia’s continued defence of the Assad regime.”
In 2014, the US and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia over the situation in Ukraine, which resulted in a number of Russian officials being hit with a travel ban and having their assets frozen.