British Foreign Minister accused Russia of war crimes in Syria


British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, said that Russia is guilty of prolonging the civil war in Syria, and possibly war crimes.

“Putin’s regime is not just handing Assad the revolver; he is in some instances firing the revolver. The Russians themselves are actually engaged. We should be looking… to see if the targeting is done in the knowledge they are wholly innocent civilian targets, [because] that is a war crime,” said the Minister in the BBC broadcast.

In addition, a joint statement was published on Saturday evening by the EU, France, Italy, Germany, USA, and Great Britain, which stated that Russia must show willingness to take the necessary measures to save the diplomatic settlement in Syria.

“The burden is on Russia to prove it is willing and able to take extraordinary steps to salvage diplomatic efforts to restore a cessation of hostilities, to ensure unhindered humanitarian access, and to create the necessary conditions to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN on the political process in the country,” stated in the joint statement of the foreign ministers of Great Britain, Germany, Italy, USA, France, and the EU High representative.