With the Syrian army engaged in a mission to take Aleppo, world leaders convened at the United Nations for a meeting to discuss the surge in violence. Nathan Frandino reports.
U.S., Russia trade blows over Syria as warplanes pound Aleppo
As the battle for Aleppo rages on in Syria, a world away, diplomats at the United Nations are trying to find peace… and failing.
A ceasefire ended last week and now air strikes have resumed.
The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power blames Russia.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SAMANTHA POWER, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SAYING:
“What Russia is doing and sponsoring is not counter-terrorism. It is barbarism.”
Russia has backed Syria throughout the war and joined last year in targeting what it said were militants.
The U.S. contends Russia is bombing humanitarian convoys, hospitals and first responders.
Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin says there’s little hope for peace.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VITALY CHURKIN, RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SAYING:
“In Syria hundreds of armed groups are being armed, the territory of the country is being bombed indiscriminately and bringing a peace is almost an impossible task now because of this.”
An impossible task now even harder to complete — in a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.