>> The United States expected to face some hard diplomatic questions over Syria. G7 foreign ministers meeting in the Italian city of Luca on Monday to begin their two-day annual summit. Reuters' Crispian Balmer says Europe and Japan are seeking some clarity from Washington.>> Where they stand with Syria.
Do they want Bashar Assad to stay in power? Where they stand with Russia. Is there gonna be a
]? Is there gonna be a warming of relations between Washington and Moscow? Where they stand with North Korea. How far is the United States prepared to push that struggle over North Korea's nuclear ambitions?
>> But the civil war in Syria is expected to dominate talks. Last week's unexpected missile strike by America on a Syrian airbase following an alleged Syrian government-backed chemical attack on civilians, creating confusion. European diplomats uncertain whether Washington want Syrian President Bashar al-Assad out. Or whether the cruise missile strike was merely a slap on the wrist.
US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, perhaps giving an indication of which way the Americans are leaning on Monday.>> And we rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world.>> And despite not being present at the meeting, Russia will be the focus of many discussions.
>> Tillerson is going to Russia immediately after the meeting here. The Russians support Syrian President Assad. They are playing a very fundamental role in keeping his government alive. Now, the Europeans want him to leave. The Americans have yet to make clear whether or not Assad should go. And how much pressure they're gonna put on the Russians to stop backing the man.
>> Mixed messages confusing and frustrating European allies who will now be asking for a clear focus. The foreign minister's discussions will prepare the way for a leader's summit at the end of May.