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EU condemns Russian strikes on Syria, demands they stop

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 01:19

European Union foreign ministers say Russia's military intervention in Syria only prolongs the conflict and demand the strikes cease immediately. Mana Rabiee reports.

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European leaders have mixed opinions on how to END the conflict in Syria but on the issue of Russian air strikes, they say they are unified. In Luxembourg, EU foreign ministers roundly condemned the strikes, saying Moscow's military intervention risks worsening an already bad situation. They urged Russia to halt the aerial campaign and are expected to criticize Russia at a summit in Brussels later this week. Russia's Defense Ministry says its planes have carried out 55 sorties over Syria in 24 hours, hitting more than 50 Islamic State targets. But the strikes are also hitting other insurgent groups, some of which are supported by the west in their battle against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. European diplomats have been meeting to find a compromise between countries that want Assad to bow out immediately and those that are ready to accept a transition of power. Spain wants the west to negotiate with Assad.... France insists he must go - and right away... Britain says Assad can't be allowed to stay as president but is willing to talk about when and how he might leave. While the latest EU statement amounts to harsh criticism of Russia's actions... it masks lingering divisions within the bloc over Assad's role in ending the crisis.

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EU condemns Russian strikes on Syria, demands they stop

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 01:19