"France will not give up. It remains fully committed together with its partners to end suffering in Aleppo. It is in this spirit that I will host on Saturday, December 10, in Paris a meeting of ministers from like-minded countries," Ayrault was quoted as saying in a ministerial statement.
Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, argued that the draft declaration had been voted on too soon. He said the initiative had been submitted at 11:20 local time on Monday, in violation of the 24-hour rule that required it to be put to a vote on Tuesday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said a ceasefire would be used by militants to regroup and get more fighters.