France urges Russia to stop bombing Syrians

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, an aerial image shows what it says is a column of heavy trucks carrying ammunition hit by a Russian air strike near Aleppo, Syria.

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, an aerial image shows what it says is a column of heavy trucks carrying ammunition hit by a Russian air strike near Aleppo, Syria.


French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called on Russia on Saturday to stop bombing civilians in Syria, saying this was crucial for achieving peace in the country.

“France respects Russia and its interests … But we know that to find the path to peace again, the Russian bombing of civilians has to stop,” Valls said in a speech at a security conference in Munich.

Valls also warned that the European project could “disappear” if policymakers were not careful.

“The European project can go backwards or even disappear if we don’t take care of it,” he said. “If Europe doesn’t show it can respond, not only to economic challenges but also to security challenges, then the European project will be finished because the people won’t want it anymore.”

Following the statement, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedvev warned that the world has slipped into ‘new Cold War.’

He said regular cooperation between Russia and U.S. was crucial to normalize situation in Syria, adding that there was “no need to scare anyone with the prospect of ground operations in Syria.”


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