G7 ministers look to persuade Russia to abandon Syria's Assad

By Crispian Balmer and Steve Scherer LUCCA, Italy (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialized nations met in Italy on Monday, looking to put pressure on Russia to break its ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In a shift in Washington’s strategy, U.S. missiles hit a Syrian air base last week in retaliation for what the United States and its allies say was a poison gas attack by Syria’s military in which scores of civilians died.

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