Western countries blame Russia for Syrian escalation

The United States, Britain and France blame Russia for the recent escalation in fighting in Syria, especially in the northern city of Aleppo, during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that the three countries called for.

"Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad make war," says Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN. "Even now, we will continue to look for any way possible to restore the cessation of hostilities, but it is common sense: a one-sided cessation of hostilities cannot hold."

"It is Russia's actions that have prolonged the conflict, prolonged the suffering," says Matthew Rycroft, British ambassador to the UN. "We must now decide what we can do to enforce an immediate end to the bombardment of Aleppo and other civilian areas of Syria."

"Does Russia think it can install confidence and trust with its partners by negotiating a cessation of hostilities with one hand and supporting the regime, which is bombing Aleppo, with the other hand?" says Francois Delattre, French ambassador to the UN.

Last update: Sun, 25/09/2016 - 22:04
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