Russia's Putin calls off Paris visit over Syria row

Oct 11, 2016, 7:12 AM EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin
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In yet another development that strains Moscow’s ties with the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancelled his visit to Paris where he was scheduled to meet French President Francois Hollande and open a new Orthodox church later this month. Russia’s move to call off the meeting came after French government officials informed Kremlin that the talks would be confined to the Syrian conflict.

 On Monday, Hollande said that Russia may face war crime charges in the International Criminal Court over bombing of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Events in Syria have soured the relationship between Russia and France, which support opposing sides in the conflict, reports the BBC. Last week, Russia vetoed a French-drafted resolution in the U.N. Security Council over ending air strikes in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

Separately, as the world powers grapple over implementing a ceasefire deal in Syria, at least 10 people were killed and 20 others injured after an Islamic State militant launched a suicide attack in al-Mashi, a countryside area around the city of Manbij, on Tuesday, notes Reuters.