Russia Rejects French Resolution on Aleppo

Moscow, Russia said on Sunday it would veto a French-drafted Security Council resolution on Aleppo and instead proposed a rival text it believes could achieve the same goal.

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Vitaly Churkin said that the French-drafted resolution does not account for the preparation needed for UN officials to be able to monitor evacuations and the protection of civilians who remain.

“We cannot support it, we cannot allow it to pass because this is a disaster,” he said.

Churkin circulated a rival Russian text to council members during a closed-door meeting on Sunday ahead of a planned vote on the French draft.

The French-drafted resolution aims at ensuring that UN officials can monitor evacuations from besieged parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Source: Qatar news Agency