Russia vetoes UN resolution demanding end to Aleppo bombing

Associated Press . United Nations | Published: 02:06, Oct 09,2016 | Updated: 13:11, Oct 11,2016


Russian deputy defence minister Anatoly Antonov speaks with a montage showing US secretary of state John Kerry shaking hands with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov at rear, at a briefing in the defence ministry in Moscow on October 7, 2016. ––AP photo

Russia on Saturday vetoed a UN resolution drafted by France demanding an immediate halt to the bombing of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.

The vote in the Security Council on Saturday afternoon was 11 countries in favour, two against and two abstentions.

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault had warned before the vote that the continued bombing of Aleppo was killing civilians and destroying hospitals and schools — ‘and has nothing to do with combating terrorism.’

‘It is the annihilation of Aleppo,’ he said.

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