EU foreign ministers agreed on the need to beef up sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime at talks in Cyprus on Saturday, Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis was reported by AFP as saying.

“There is consensus also on the increase of sanctions in Syria,” she said, after announcing that the bloc’s 27 ministers had agreed on the need to massively strengthen humanitarian aid.

She also said European nations were intent on working with Moscow, Assad’s main diplomatic and military supporter.

More than 1.2 million, over than half of them children, have become internally displaced in Syria, and some 200,000 refugees are massed in neighbors Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.