The Case for More Sanctions on Russia Over Syria Bombings: Q&A

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  • U.S., U.K. leading push for penalties over Aleppo air raids
  • Many European countries are skeptical about need for sanctions

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016.

Photographer: Karam Al-Masri/AFP via Getty Image

Vladimir Putin’s backing for the relentless air bombardment of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo has provoked some foreign governments to accuse Russia of carrying out indiscriminate attacks on civilians. The U.S. and some European Union countries including Germany are considering whether to impose new sanctions as a way of exerting diplomatic pressure on the Kremlin.

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