Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson talks with French Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian during European Union foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg, April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
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European Union foreign ministers looked unlikely to join the United States Monday in imposing new economic sanctions on Russia or Syria over chemical weapons attacks that prompted the first coordinated Western air strikes in Syria.After Britain and France joined the United States in missile salvoes meant to cripple Syrian chemical arms facilities and prevent their further use, Western leaders sought to emphasis diplomacy, with an EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg.However, EU diplomats cautioned that until European governments had more idea of what the United States was planning, it was not possible to quickly follow suit.Russia is Europe's biggest energy supplier and, while the EU has imposed significant sanctions on Moscow's financial, energy and defense sectors over the crisis in Ukraine, close ties between Russia and some EU members complicate discussions about new punitive measures.
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