Also speaking at the ceremony in Italy, Federica Mogherini, EU foreign-policy chief, said "there is no military solution to this war, and the negotiations in Geneva must start again with the support of all of us: Europe is the one which is trying to get the Syrians to sit at the same table".
"We're prepared to do more". "This place will serve as an inspiration to us all".
The last person to serve as US ambassador to Syria predicts that Syrian President Bashar Assad will try to use chemical weapons again despite the USA military strike against last week. "There's an agreement with him not to use chemical weapons".
Johnson said in a statement that Britain deplored "Russia's continued defense of the Assad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians" and called on Russian Federation to "do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria".
The meeting in the Tuscan walled city of Lucca also brings German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, along with other G-7 foreign ministers, at a moment when the United States is sending a Navy carrier strike group toward the Korean Peninsula to provide a physical presence following North Korea's persistent ballistic missile tests.
First, Trump and his Secretary of State, Rex W. Tillerson, have painted Russian Federation as at least partly responsible for the carnage among civilians that was fomented by the Assad government.
The United States is vowing to keep up the pressure on Syria after the intense nighttime wave of missile strikes from US ships, despite the prospect of escalating Russian ill will that could further inflame one of the world's most vexing conflicts.
"In the past few years, they have had every opportunity to pull levers and stop this civil war", he wrote. The Syrian government has denied any responsibility. Tillerson has called for Assad's removal, but said Islamic State is the focus for now.
North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified
The rapid advancement of the North Korean nuclear program has put the USA under increasing pressure in recent months. During the conversation, Trump briefed Abe on his just-concluded meeting with Xi. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon).
Immediately after, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States would soon announce new sanctions on the Assad regime to deter countries and companies from supporting it. "We've seen what violent regime change looks like in Libya and the kind of chaos that can be unleashed".
Syria: What led to the USA airstrikes?
Air strikes killed at least 18 people including five children in a town in Syrian rebel-controlled Idlib province yesterday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the civil defence rescue service reported.
Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine led the G-7 to suspend Russia's involvement from what had been the G-8 group of nations.
Their comments came as Tillerson planned to meet with Russian officials.
The secretary of state stopped short of accusing the Russians of complicity in the attack, but said that "they've been incompetent and perhaps they've just simply been out-maneuvered by the Syrians".
At the United Nations on Friday, Russia's deputy ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, strongly criticized what he called the U.S.
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