US, UK say they’re weighing new sanc­tions on Syria, Rus­sia

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - WEATHER -

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.

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