In a blow to America, Russia blocked US statement in UN Security Council

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In a blow to America, Russia blocked US statement in UN Security Council

UNITED NATIONS: Russia on Friday blocked a UN Security Council statement calling on Turkey to halt its military offensive in northeastern Syria, diplomats told AFP.

The US-drafted text had been due to be adopted at 1930 GMT, but Moscow intervened to stop it, one of the sources said.

The Pentagon has slammed Turkey for its three-day old assault on Kurdish-led forces, warning of “serious consequences" for Ankara over the offensive that President Donald Trump had initially appeared to greenlight. -APP/AFP

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