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War Of Words In UN Leads To Nothing But More Death In Syria

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter
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An emergency session of the United Nations Security Council Sunday led to no improvement in Syria’s prospects for peace.

The tense meeting came to a close with the American, British and French ambassadors storming out as Russia’s delegation defended its actions in Syria. Sunday’s meeting wrapped up a long and bleak week for the Syrian peace process after a U.N. aid convoy was bombed Sept. 19, one day into what was supposed to be a week-long ceasefire.

Russia is suspected of having carried out the attack on the convoy, which killed 20 people and destroyed 18 out of 31 trucks. As a result of Russian military activity in Syria, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power said at the Security Council session that the country was engaging in “barbarism.”

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson went after the Kremlin, specifically targeting Russian President Vladimir Putin on BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show” Sunday. The Russian leader is “not only… handing [Syrian President Bashar] Assad the revolver, he is in some instances actually firing the revolver himself,” according to Johnson.

Putin’s diplomats were on defense all day long, with Russia’s Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin pessimistically concluding that, “Bringing a peace is almost an impossible task now.” A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman also responded specifically to Johnson’s claims about war crimes, saying it was the United Kingdom that was guilty of war crimes in Iraq.

At least 23 people were killed in Aleppo Sunday by airstrikes that have been attributed to either Assad’s Syrian military or to Putin’s Russian forces.

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