France immediately rejected Russia's proposed United Nations resolution demanding an immediate halt to cross-border shelling and foreign ground intervention in Syria.

In its rejection, France warned Friday of "a dangerous military escalation" that could spiral out of control.

Without mentioning the Turkish government, the Russian draft resolution was clearly aimed at Ankara, which has threatened ground action and kept up its cross-border artillery shelling campaign Friday against U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia positions in Syria.

France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said the military escalation is "the direct result of the brutal offensive in the north of Syria led by the Syrian regime and its allies."

He said Russia must understand that its support for Syria's President Bashar Assad is "a dead end that could be extremely dangerous."