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U.S. and U.K. Consider Economic Sanctions on Syria and Russia Over Aleppo

US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed make a joint statement at Lancaster House, in LondonUS Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed make a joint statement at Lancaster House, in London
(L-R) US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed make a joint statement at Lancaster House, in London, Britain October 16, 2016. REUTERS/Justin Tallis/Pool - RTX2P1XU© POOL New / Reuters REUTERS

The United States and Britain say they’re considering new economic sanctions on the Syrian and Russian governments because of their conduct in war-ravaged Aleppo.

After a 10-nation meeting in London, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said crimes against humanity were occurring daily in Syria.

Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson are expressing hope about a diplomatic effort with Russia and several other countries that Kerry began on Saturday.

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But they said they’re planning to increase pressure on Russia and Syria to halt airstrikes on Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

Johnson and Kerry said sanctions could be applied against Syria and its supporters.

Johnson also spoke of trying to advance prosecutions of “war criminals.”