Russia's role in Syrian war: Mogherini downplays talk of new Russia sanctions over Syria - Politico

14:15 Oct. 17, 2016

Mogherini downplays talk of new Russia sanctions over Syria - Politico

European Union's Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini (AP Photo)

Foreign affairs chief says she is ‘proud' EU is not militarily involved in conflict

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Monday that European nations would try to do more to help Syria — particularly in terms of humanitarian aid — but expressed little interest in additional economic sanctions against Russia over the conflict.

Mogherini noted that, so far, no EU leader had proposed such a step. She also told reporters she was "personally proud" the European Union was not involved militarily in the conflict.

"The European Union is not a player on the ground in Syria," Mogherini said, arriving in Luxembourg for a meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers, where she said Syria would be the main topic. "I have to add, personally, I'm proud of not being one."

Western leaders seem increasingly flummoxed over how to pressure Russia and the Assad government to cease military strikes and engage in political negotiations.

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