The West has long been reluctant to engage with Syria's President Assad. But faced with Russia's military intervention, EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg today seemed increasingly willing to put all options back on the table.
The ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has slammed the US for its joint airstrikes in Syria, as has Iran. Though the UN called on participants in the regional conflict to show restraint, others welcomed the strike.
The German chancellor has partially blamed Russia for a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. But the Kremlin said that despite their differences, Moscow would "continue bilateral contacts" with Berlin.
The 28 ministers agreed that airstrikes in Syria were understandable and blamed Assad for chemical weapons attacks. The EU reached conclusions despite diverging opinions on how to work with Russia in peace talks.
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Donald Trump's "Twitter diplomacy." The White House insists that "all options are on the table" when it comes to Syria.
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