SYRIA CONFLICT

Britain’s Boris Johnson says Russia may have committed Syria war crimes

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 September, 2016, 8:32pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 September, 2016, 8:33pm

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Russia may have committed war crimes in Syria, citing a recent attack on a civilian aid convoy.

The Russians “are guilty of protracting this war and making it far more hideous, and yes, I think that when it comes to instances such as the bombing of civilian targets, we should be looking at whether or not that targeting in the knowledge that those are wholly innocent civilian targets”, Johnson said in an interview on BBC Television’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. “That is a war crime.”

Johnson described the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo as “tragic,” calling the repeated bombing of the city “absolutely barbaric.”

“A war crime is defined as when you attack a civilian target in the knowledge that it is a civilian target,” he said. In support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Russian President Vladimir “Putin’s regime is not only as it were handing Assad the revolver, he is also in some instances actually firing the revolver”, Johnson said.