France says it will ask the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Russia and Damascus in Aleppo. It comes after Moscow vetoed a French draft resolution at the UN Security Council, saying it was aimed at protecting terrorists. Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit France on October 19. He and his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, will not just be trading pleasantries, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said.

“We do not agree with what Russia is doing, bombarding Aleppo. France is committed as never before to saving the population of Aleppo,” Ayrault told France Inter radio. In the interview, Ayrault called the Russian and Syrian bombings in Aleppo “war crimes” and said France “shall contact the International Criminal Court prosecutor to see how she can launch these investigations.” READ MORE