UN security council fails to agree on Syria ceasefire after second day of talks

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UN security council to vote on resolution to end bloodshed in rebel-held Syrian enclave

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel wrote to Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Friday urging him to back a UN security council resolution for a ceasefire in Syria to end one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the war, France’s presidency said.

The letter, sent while the French president and the German chancellor were at an EU summit in Brussels, asked Russia to support the draft resolution calling for a 30-day truce, mainly to allow aid to reach besieged eastern Ghouta and allow evacuations.

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