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Russia banned UN SC statement about Syria

 

Russia blocked a British-drafted UN Security Council statement condemning the Syrian government attacks on the city of Aleppo. World media inform about this referring to the diplomatic sources.

It was the second time in a month that Russia objected to a western bid to slam President Bashar al-Assad's air assault against Syria's biggest city that has killed hundreds since December 15.

As AFP writes, aid groups say that Scud missiles and barrels packed with explosives and shrapnel have been dropped on schools, markets and hospitals in Aleppo, killing more than 700 people.

Britain circulated a draft press statement expressing "outrage" at the government attacks on civilians to the other 14 members of the council Tuesday.

The statement needs the agreement of all members to be released, and Russia objected, insisting all references to Aleppo be taken out, diplomats said.

So Britain withdrew the text for fear of seeing a tepid message put out, they added.

 


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