Anger at UN as Russia and West trade insults over Syria

Click For Larger Image & Read More
Anger at UN as Russia and West trade insults...
 © In-Cyprus 2020
A deepening rift has opened up between the West and Russia amid angry exchanges at the United Nations over the failure to halt the fighting in Syria’s bloody civil war.

British ambassador Matthew Rycroft joined his US and French counterparts in walking out of an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Sunday in a show of anger at the latest offensive by the Syrian regime to take the beleaguered city of Aleppo.

Earlier the Russian Foreign Ministry hit back at Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson after he warned Moscow would be guilty of committing war crimes if its warplanes were deliberating striking civilian targets.

Mr Rycroft told the security council meeting in New York that it was “difficult to deny” that the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad and his Russian allies were engaged in committing war crimes.

“After five years of conflict, you might think that the regime has had its fill of barbarity – that its sick bloodlust against its own people has finally run its course,” he said.

“But this weekend, the regime and Russia have instead plunged to new depths and unleashed a new hell on Aleppo.”

The UN special envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said the offensive to take the city had unleashed “unprecedented military violence” on its inhabitants, killing at least 213 civilians, many of them women and children.

He said there had been reports of the use of bunker-busting bombs and incendiary weapons which created “fireballs of such intensity that they light up the pitch darkness in Aleppo as if it were daylight”.

His intervention prompted fresh recriminations between Russia and the United States with US ambassador Samantha Power accusing Moscow of “barbarism”.

She urged security council members to “have the courage to say who is responsible for this and in a single voice tell Russia to stop”.

But Russian...

Read all latest: Cyprus Coronavirus News Updates - Live

This article was automatically added to our system 26-9-2016

Anger at UN as Russia and West trade insults over Syria

The contents of this article including any associated images are © In-Cyprus 2020
Views & opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and/or In-Cyprus .

Advertise Here

  Trending Cyprus News

Advertise Here

Article Tags: anger, russia, trade, insults, syria,