Current Conditions

Light Snow
-9.8°C

France seeks war crimes probe of Russian actions in Syria

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2016 file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, meets with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in Moscow. Ayrault, speaking on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, called on the International Criminal Court to investigate Russia for possible war crimes in Syria. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
October 10, 2016 - 7:56 AM

PARIS - France's foreign minister is calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate Russia for possible war crimes in Syria.

Jean-Marc Ayrault told France-Inter radio Monday that "France intends to get in touch with the prosecutor to find out how the probe can be launched."

Ayrault says France disagrees with Russia's "bombarding" of Aleppo and "is committed as never before to saving the population."

He says the investigation would hinge on Moscow's role in the aerial offensive in the rebel-held eastern part of the city.

Russia on Saturday blocked a U.N. Security Council resolution proposed by France and Spain on ending the hostilities.

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for a war crimes investigation into Russian and Syrian airstrikes in Syria, an appeal Russia has angrily rejected.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
The Associated Press

  • Popular kelowna News
  • Comments

View Site in: Desktop | Mobile