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Newsline: Russian Embassy in London raises prospect of war if it is given G7 ultimatum

The Russian Embassy in London suggested there could be “real war” if Moscow is presented with an ultimatum over Syria, the Daily Mail reports. But Boris Johnson will today lead a push for Russia to face tough new sanctions unless it withdraws its support for Assad. At a G7 meeting in Italy, the Foreign Secretary will call for Moscow to be threatened with isolation from the international community and a raft of economic punishments. Russian and Iranian forces last night warned Donald Trump they would retaliate with military action if he launched more airstrikes on Syria. In an ominous threat raising the prospect of war, they said the US President had crossed a “red line” with his surprise missile bombardment on Bashar al-Assad’s forces. “From now on we will respond with force to any breach of red lines and America knows our ability to respond well,” the military chiefs said in a joint statement with Hezbollah.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11835428

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