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UK's Johnson cancels Moscow visit after Syria gas attack
April 8, 2017 / 12:19 PM / 6 months ago

UK's Johnson cancels Moscow visit after Syria gas attack

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson answers a question during a joint press conference with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias (not pictured) following their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Athens, Greece, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he had cancelled a visit to Moscow due to take place on April 10 after developments in Syria where a poison gas attack in a rebel-held area prompted the United States to launch missile strikes.

“Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally,” Johnson said in a statement.

“My priority is now to continue contact with the U.S. and others in the run-up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April - to build coordinated international support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Jason Neely

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