France wants Rus­sia to face war crimes in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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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 yes­ter­day 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 said 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 UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion pro­posed by France and Spain on end­ing the hos­til­i­ties. On Fri­day, US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry called for a war crimes in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian and Syr­ian airstrikes in Syria, an ap­peal Rus­sia has an­grily re­jected.

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