G20 leaders remain divided over the Syrian conflict as they enter the final day of their Russian summit. The splits were confirmed by both Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and US envoy to the United Nations Samantha Power.
With Russia insisting that a US strike on Syria would “drive another nail into the coffin of international law” and backed by China in refusing to agree to a Security Council resolution against Syria, insist any action without the UN would be illegal.
The US and France are the only two at the G20 to commit to using force in Syria.
Power accused Russia of holding the Security Council hostage by blocking resolutions and said the Security Council was no longer a “viable path” for holding Syria accountable for war crimes.
US President Barack Obama is thought to be trying at the G20 summit to build an international coalition to back strikes against military targets in Syria.
But differences of opinion became obvious when world leaders – including Mr Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin – discussed Syria over dinner on Thursday evening.