The US accused Russia on Sunday of supporting “barbarism” over the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo as the west stepped up diplomatic pressure on Moscow. Accusing Russia of supporting a Syrian regime offensive that has derailed a ceasefire agreement negotiated between Washington and Moscow, Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN,

said Russian and Syrian forces were “laying waste to what is left of an iconic Middle Eastern city”. In a blistering speech to an emergency UN Security Council meeting, Ms Power said: “Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war.” While Moscow was likely to argue that it was pursuing terrorists in Syria, she said that “Russia is espousing fiction”. READ MORE