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EU mulls more Syria sanctions as political efforts falter

  • French foreign minister  Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, speaks with Romania's foreign minister Lazar Comanescu, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. European Union foreign ministers debated Monday whether to extend sanctions against the Syrian regime as political efforts to secure a cease-fire and access for humanitarian aid falter. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

    French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, speaks with Romania's foreign minister Lazar Comanescu, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. European Union foreign ministers debated Monday whether to extend sanctions against the Syrian regime as political efforts to secure a cease-fire and access for humanitarian aid falter. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)  (The Associated Press)

  • Slovakia's foreign minister Miroslav Lajcak, left, speaks with EU Council High Representative Federica Mogherini during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. European Union foreign ministers debated Monday whether to extend sanctions against the Syrian regime as political efforts to secure a cease-fire and access for humanitarian aid falter. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

    Slovakia's foreign minister Miroslav Lajcak, left, speaks with EU Council High Representative Federica Mogherini during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. European Union foreign ministers debated Monday whether to extend sanctions against the Syrian regime as political efforts to secure a cease-fire and access for humanitarian aid falter. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)  (The Associated Press)

  • Belgium's foreign minister Jean Asselborn background reacts with French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. European Union foreign ministers debated Monday whether to extend sanctions against the Syrian regime as political efforts to secure a cease-fire and access for humanitarian aid falter. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

    Belgium's foreign minister Jean Asselborn background reacts with French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. European Union foreign ministers debated Monday whether to extend sanctions against the Syrian regime as political efforts to secure a cease-fire and access for humanitarian aid falter. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)  (The Associated Press)

European Union foreign ministers are debating whether to extend sanctions against the Syrian regime as political efforts to secure a cease-fire falter.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday that ministers could add more Syrians accused of rights abuses or war crimes to the sanction list, saying "for sure, that could be possible."

But she said no EU country has raised the idea of imposing sanctions on Russia, despite its support for President Bashar Assad in his offensive on the besieged city of Aleppo.

Talks involving Russia, the U.S. and other Western powers over the weekend failed to secure any breakthrough likely to lead to a cease-fire or the opening of humanitarian access.