EU to condemn Russia over Aleppo
EU leaders plan to "strongly condemn" Russia for its alleged attacks on civilians in Aleppo, Syria, at the group's summit on Thursday.
A draft of their planned statement was obtained by the AFP and it doesn't mention the threat of sanctions, but urges an end to fighting and calls for the matter to be dealt with politically. "The European Council strongly condemns the attacks by the Syrian regime and its allies, notably Russia, on civilians in Aleppo," the draft states. The statement asks the aforementioned parties to allow "unhindered humanitarian access to Aleppo" and calls for "an immediate cessation of hostilities and for the resumption of a credible political process under UN auspices."
EU foreign ministers condemned Russia by name on Monday for the first time and warned that the strikes may amount to war crimes. The draft warns that "those responsible for breaches of international humanitarian law and human rights law must be held accountable." EU President Donald Tusk (pictured) said "Our main asset in dealing with Russia remains our unity. To date, regardless of our differences, we have always remained united and we must continue to do so."