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The G7 is discussing sanctions on Syrian and Russian military officers, the UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said at a meeting in Italy.

“The United States have already imposed some extra sanctions themselves and we will be discussing the possibility of further sanctions certainly on some of the Syrian military figures and some of the Russian military figures who have been involved in coordinating the Syrian military efforts and who are thereby contaminated by the appalling behaviour of the Assad regime,” Mr Johnson told journalists.

Mr Johnson last publicly argued for sanctions in October 2016, in the last months of the Obama administration. On Monday he said that Donald Trump’s missile strike against one of Bashar al-Assad’s airbases “had changed the game”.

Mr Johnson cancelled a trip to Moscow, following the chemical weapons attack in Syria last week. He said the evidence regarding the attack was “absolutely conclusive”, and that Russia had to choose whether to “stick like glue to the Assad regime… or to work with the rest of the world”, including Turkey and the Gulf states, towards a political solution.

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