News ID: 321809
Published: 0150 GMT May 22, 2022

Russia: It’s time to stop aid from Turkey to Syrian militants

Russia: It’s time to stop aid from Turkey to Syrian militants

Syrians ride motorcycles as Turkish military vehicles drive past a camp for displaced people near the village of Kafr Lusin in Syria's northeastern Idlib Province on March 6, 2020.

Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador said he sees no reason to continue humanitarian aid deliveries from Turkey to militant-held northwest Syria, accusing the West and the United Nations of insufficient efforts to deliver aid from Damascus and failing to finance “early recovery projects” to improve life for millions of Syrians.

Dmitry Polyansky told the U.N. Security Council that we are not okay” with preserving the status quo at any cost, and cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that terrorists from Tahrir al-Sham, the strongest terrorist group in northwest Idlib, usurp the authority and manipulate humanitarian assistance”, AP reported.

He said supporters of cross-border aid deliveries show no wish” to enable aid deliveries across conflict lines from Damascus which could be easily arranged, which leaves us no reason to preserve the cross-border mechanism.”

Polyansky said that terrorists for Al-Nusra, Al-Qaedas branch in Syria, openly state that they are not going to let through humanitarian cargo from Damascus to the detriment” of cross-border aid deliveries.

In early July 2020, China and Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have maintained two border crossing points from Turkey to deliver humanitarian aid to Idlib. Days later, the council authorized the delivery of aid through just one of those crossings, Bab al-Hawa. That one-year mandate was extended for a year on July 9, 2021 and expires in about six weeks.

U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths told the council Friday that the U.N. is doing its utmost” to expand cross-line aid deliveries, and is working toward a fifth convoy this year. But he stressed that cross-line operations cannot under current conditions replace the size or the scope of the massive U.N. cross-border operation.”

Failure to renew the authorization will disrupt life-saving aid for the people living in the northwest, including more than one million children,” he said.





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