Russia's role in Syria war: France to call for war crimes investigation against Russia over Syria - Independent

11:39 Oct. 10, 2016

France to call for war crimes investigation against Russia over Syria - Independent

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, meets with French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in Moscow, Russia on Oct. 6, 2016 (AP Photo)

French foreign minister will ask International Court of Justice to intervene following Russian veto of UN draft resolution to reinstate a ceasefire in the Syrian conflict

The French foreign minister has said he will ask the International Court of Justice to investigate possible war crimes in Syria.

"We do not agree with what Russia is doing, bombarding Aleppo. France is committed as never before to saving the population of Aleppo," Jean-Marc Ayrault said.

France and Spain drafted a resolution on resurrecting an agreement on cessation of hostilities in the Syrian conflict which was put before a vote at the UN Security Council on Friday. 

On Saturday, Russia vetoed the resolution, which called for an end to all air strikes except those against Isis and al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists - the fifth time the country has used its veto to block UN action in the almost six-year-long civil war. 

Russia's own rival measure on a truce which called for a ceasefire but did not mention airstrikes was also rejected.

France has previously appealed to Russia to save rebel-held east Aleppo from total destruction. The besieged area, home to 250,000 people, has been subjected to unprecedented Russian-backed shelling by President Bashar al-Assad's forces since the breakdown of a US-Russian brokered ceasefire last month. 

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