Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda, in this handout picture provided by SANA on October 14, 2016. SANA/Handout via REUTERS
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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking after briefing allies in London on a new diplomatic initiative on Syria, also called on Russia and Iran to agree to a new ceasefire.The threat of more sanctions on Syria came before a European Union summit on Thursday and Friday to discuss sanctions against Russia."These things will eventually come to bite the perpetrators of these crimes and they should think about it now," said Johnson, adding there was no appetite in Europe for going to war in Syria.He said it was "highly dubious" that Syrian government forces backed by Russia were capable of retaking the city of Aleppo or winning the war, and called on Russia and Iran to show leadership by agreeing to a ceasefire.Kerry confirmed the U.S. was considering additional sanctions over Syria, but did not name Russia as a target.Syria and Russia say they are only targeting militants in Aleppo and accuse the United States of breaking the ceasefire by bombing scores of Syrian troops fighting Islamic State insurgents, over which the United States has expressed regret.
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