Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Russia to Veto Aleppo Resolution

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Russia to Veto Aleppo Resolution

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RUSSIA has announced it will veto a French-drafted UN resolution calling for a ceasefire in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the Security Council should instead rally around the proposal made by UN envoy Staffan de Mistura for an al Qaidalinked militant faction to leave Aleppo in exchange for a halt to Russian and Syrian government bombardment.

He told reporters after Mr de Mistura briefed the council yesterday behind closed doors that "the French proposal is very hastily put together, and I frankly believe that this is designed not to make progress" in ending the current stalemate "but to cause a Russian veto". Mr Churkin said it was "unprecedented" that the 15-member council would ask one of the five permanent members to limit its activities, in this case requiring the Russian military to stop flights.

Asked if Russia will veto the French draft, Mr Churkin said he never uses the word until he gets instructions from Moscow, but "I cannot possibly see how we can let this resolution pass". …

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