Posted by: Chuck | September 7, 2013

Kerry seeks EU support on Syria after G20 split


US Secretary of State John Kerry will Saturday seek to rally EU support for military strikes against Syria after a G20 summit failed to resolve bitter divisions between Washington and Moscow. Kerry will press the case for punitive action against Syria after what the United States says was a chemical weapons attack by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad near Damascus, despite a lingering deep split among global powers.

On Friday, US President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin failed to resolve their differences at the summit in Saint Petersburg as half of the G20 called for a “strong” response to last month’s alleged chemical attack. Kerry is to hold talks with the European Union’s 28 foreign ministers in Lithuania, which currently holds the EU’s rotating chair, with the bloc itself sharply split.

Kerry is to hold talks with the European Union’s 28 foreign ministers in Lithuania, which currently holds the EU’s rotating chair, with the bloc itself sharply split. Only France has said it is ready to take part in military action, while Britain – whose parliament voted against any involvement – and Denmark have expressed support. Only France has said it is ready to take part in military action, while Britain — whose parliament voted against any involvement – and Denmark have expressed support. (Source: AFP News 9/7/13)

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