Rex Tillerson (R) flies to Moscow later on Tuesday (Image Credit: Reuters)

Syria war: G7 rejects sanctions on Russia after 'chemical attack'

G7 nations have rejected a call by Britain for sanctions against Russia in the wake of a deadly chemical attack they say was carried out by Moscow's ally, Syria.

Italy's foreign minister said the group did not want to back Russia into a corner and preferred dialogue.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now heading from the G7 meeting in Italy to talks in Moscow.

He insisted Syria's president could not play a part in the country's future.

Mr Tillerson will meet Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow but it is unclear whether he will hold talks with President Vladimir Putin.

On Tuesday, Mr Putin called for the UN to hold an independent investigation into the chemical attack on the rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun that left 89 people dead.

He also said he had heard that "fake chemical attacks" were being prepared that could be used to put blame on the Syrian government.

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