LONDON (AP) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and defense ministers to discuss the crisis in Syria.
The joint talks in London on Wednesday come a day after British Prime Minister David Cameron hinted the U.K. may veto an extension of a European Union arms embargo in Syria. Russia has been the main ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, shielding him from U.N. sanctions over the two-year conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 70,000 people.
With the conflict deadlocked, Britain last month successfully pushed for changes to an arms embargo to allow EU member states to provide nonlethal aid to rebels. The U.S. also said it would for the first time provide nonlethal aid to the rebels.