US, UK say they’re weighing new sanctions on Syria, Russia
With military options all but eliminated, the United States and Britain on Sunday said they were considering new sanctions to pressure the Syrian and Russian governments to halt an offensive against rebel-held parts of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.
While the close allies said diplomacy was their primary focus, the tone was tougher than Saturday’s message from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after he launched a new diplomatic effort to resolve the 5½year civil war.
But the threats brandished Sunday — from harsher economic penalties to international prosecution for alleged perpetrators of war crimes — weren’t new.
“It’s easy to say, ‘Where is the action?’ ” Kerry said. “But what is the action?”
“I haven’t seen a big appetite from governments in Europe to declare war,” he noted dryly after talks in London.