France rejects Russian resolution on halting Syria war

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United Nations—France immediately rejected Russia’s proposed U.N. resolution Saturday demanding an immediate halt to cross-border shelling and foreign ground intervention in Syria, warning that “a dangerous military escalation” could spiral out of control. Russia called an emergency Security Council meeting earlier in the day to submit a draft resolution calling on Turkey to “cease any actions that undermine Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to a statement on the Foreign Ministry’s website.
The Russian draft resolution didn’t name Turkey but it was clearly aimed at the Turkish government, which has threatened ground action and was keeping up its cross-border artillery shelling campaign Friday against U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia positions in Syria.—Agencies