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Putin snubs Hollande; Aleppo attacks continue

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 01:26

Britain and France raise questions over Russia's global ambitions after Putin cancels his scheduled Paris visit and warplanes continue their aerial bombardments on Aleppo. Gavino Garay reports.

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The aftermath of another attack on Aleppo, allegedly carried out by Russian jets, in neighborhoods occupied by rebels opposed to the government of Bashar al-Assad. At least eight people were reported killed. The ongoing attacks are further straining relations between Moscow and the west. The Kremlin canceled President Vladimir Putin's scheduled meetings with French President Francois Hollande in Paris, after France said the talks would focus only on Syria. Hollande has called the Russian air strikes "war crimes." He says that while dialogue with Russia must continue, talks on Syria have to be "frank and firm." In the UK, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says Russia is risking increasing isolation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "If Russia continues in its current path, then I believe that great country is in danger of becoming a pariah nation." But consensus and cooperation on Aleppo is unlikely in the near future. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seeking the complete recapture of the city and, with help from Moscow, appears willing to inflict as much damage as necessary to achieve his aims.

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Putin snubs Hollande; Aleppo attacks continue

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 01:26