Russian President Putin cancels France’s official trip after war crimes accusations

After President Hollande accuses Russia of War Crimes in Syria Russian President Putin has indefinitely postponed a visit to France. Putin’s spokesman, however, said the reason for the cancellation was that the events scheduled during the visit had changed, according to the Associated Press.

Tensions are high between the countries after a Franco-Spanish U.N. Security Council resolution demanding an end to air strikes and military flights over Aleppo was vetoed by Russia (along with Venezuela) last weekend.

On Monday, President Hollande told a French TV station that Russia could face war crimes charges over its bombardment of Aleppo in the International Criminal Court (ICC). “These are people who today are the victims of war crimes. Those that commit these acts will have to face up to their responsibility, including in the ICC,” he said.

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