UK: Russia holds key to raising pressure on Assad

December 15, 2011 23:18

LONDON, - Britain will look into imposing new financial, energy and transport sanctions on Syria over its harsh crackdown on protests but Russia may hold the key to increasing pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad, a British minister said on Thursday.

European Union countries, including Britain, have slapped several rounds of sanctions on Assad's government since May over its violent suppression of unrest, including an embargo on Syrian oil and a ban on new investment in the energy sector.

"We will continue to look for new ways in energy, in transport, as well as financial restrictions, to put pressure on the Syrian regime," British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt told Reuters in a telephone interview.

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