France will appeal to the international court to investigate possible war crimes in Syria. On Monday, October 10, in an interview with France Inter Radio said the French foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, reports Reuters.
“We do not agree with what Russia is doing, causing air strikes on Aleppo. France as never before strives to save the people of Aleppo,” – said the French Minister. He added that French President Francois Hollande would take into account the situation in Aleppo as it will deal with the question of a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin during his visit to Paris on October 19.
“If the President decides (to meet with Putin), there will be no pleasantries,” concluded the French Minister.
We will remind, Vladimir Putin’s visit to France became known in mid-September. Then the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko said that the Russian leader will visit France at the invitation of Hollande.
– Merkel demanded that Russia stop bombing Aleppo
Last week the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that Putin will arrive in France on 19 October. The corresponding statement he made before his meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in Moscow. The French press noted that his statement Lavrov clearly caught off guard Ayrault.
On 8 October the UN Security Council Russia vetoed the French draft resolution on settling the situation in Syria. The document stressed on the need to stop the bombardment of Aleppo and a military aircraft fly over the city. The Russian foreign Ministry explained that the text of the resolution “flagrantly distorted the reality of the situation, wore politicized, imbalanced and one-sided character.”
On 9 October, French President Francois Hollande said that while doubts in expediency meeting with Putin. Meanwhile, the Kremlin said that preparations for the Russian President’s visit to Paris continues , and talks with Hollande are in the plans.
Previously, the need to investigate war crimes in Syria, said the head of the state Department of the USA John Kerry. He said this on 7 October at a press conference with the Minister of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Marc Ayrault, who arrived in Washington from Moscow after the meeting with Lavrov.
October 3, the state Department announcedthat the US cease negotiations with Russia on the settlement of the situation in Syria and withdraw its personnel who were involved in the creation of a Joint Executive center. Washington’s decision was due to the fact that “Russia has failed to fulfill its promises, including its obligations under international humanitarian law”. Washington said “or Moscow’s unwillingness or inability forced the Syrian regime to cooperate”.