UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson says the United States' airstrike in Syria ''changed the game'' and that Russia's Putin is ''toxifying'' his country's reputation through his continued support for Syrian President Assad. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday (April 10) that a U.S. airstrike in Syria had "changed the game" as foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations met in Italy looking to put pressure on Russia to break its ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In a shift in Washington's strategy, U.S. missiles hit a Syrian air base last week in retaliation for what the United States and its allies say was a poison gas attack by Syria's military in which scores of civilians died. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the assault. Johnson said support for the Syrian president "was toxifying the reputation of Russia" and suggested sanctions could be imposed on Moscow if it refused to change course. U.S. President Donald Trump had previously appeared disinclined to intervene against the Syrian leader and the attack raised expectations that he might now be ready to adopt a tougher-than-expected stance with Russia, Assad's main backer.