Europe

G-7 ministers aim to press Russia to end Assad support

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps off his plane at Pisa Military Airport in Pisa, Italy, on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Tillerson is in Italy to attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 7 industrialized economies. (AP Photo/Josh Lederman)

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps off his plane at Pisa Military Airport in Pisa, Italy, on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Tillerson is in Italy to attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of 7 industrialized economies. (AP Photo/Josh Lederman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, right, and British Secretary of State Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting in Forte dei Marmi, near Lucca, Monday, April 10, 2017. Alfano and Johnson will attend a G7 Foreign ministers meeting in Lucca on Monday and Tuesday. (Riccardo Dalle Luche/ANSA via AP)

    Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, right, and British Secretary of State Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting in Forte dei Marmi, near Lucca, Monday, April 10, 2017. Alfano and Johnson will attend a G7 Foreign ministers meeting in Lucca on Monday and Tuesday. (Riccardo Dalle Luche/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano shakes hands with British Secretary of State Boris Johnson, left, on the occasion of a bilateral meeting in Forte di Marmi, near Lucca, Monday, April 10, 2017. (Riccardo Dalle Luche/ANSA via AP)

    Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano shakes hands with British Secretary of State Boris Johnson, left, on the occasion of a bilateral meeting in Forte di Marmi, near Lucca, Monday, April 10, 2017. (Riccardo Dalle Luche/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are gathering for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response.

The meeting in the Tuscan walled city of Lucca that starts Monday aims to pressure Russia to end its support for President Bashar Assad.

Last week's nerve gas attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed more than 80 people stirred President Donald Trump to strike for the first time at Assad's forces.

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano says Europe's broad support for the U.S. military strikes contributed to a "renewed harmony" between the United States and its partners.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is attending the first meeting of G-7 foreign ministers since Donald Trump took office.