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Russia Calls Draft French UN Syria Resolution 'One-Sided'

Russia Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin votes against a draft French-Spanish resolution on Syria at UN headquarters in New York on October 8.

Russia says it has vetoed a draft French UN Security Council resolution on Syria because it was "politicized and one-sided."

The resolution calling for an end to air strikes on the besieged northern city of Aleppo and military overflights was vetoed on October 8, while a Russian-drafted alternative text failed to garner the minimum of nine votes needed for adoption by the 15-member council.

In an October 9 statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the French text would have provided "cover for the terrorists of Jabhat Al-Nusra and associated militants."

Hundreds of civilians have been killed by Russian and Syrian government air strikes in rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo since a U.S. and Russia-brokered cease-fire broke down on September 19.

Based on reporting by Reuters and TASS