U.N. rejects Russian bid to restrict Syrian aid from Turkey
A Russian resolution that would have limited the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria’s mainly rebel-held northwest to one crossing point from Turkey was voted down by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, RadioFreeEurope reported.
The United States, Britain, France, Germany Belgium, Estonia and the Dominican Republic voted against Russia's proposal.
Russia circulated the draft resolution after it joined China on Tuesday in vetoing a draft resolution co-sponsored by Germany and Belgium to maintain aid deliveries through two border crossing points from Turkey for a year.
Moscow maintains that aid should be delivered from within Syria across conflict lines. But U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has insisted that the two crossings from Turkey to the northwest remain “a lifeline for millions of civilians whom the U.N. cannot reach by other means.”
Four million people across northern Syria received support from U.N. cross-border humanitarian assistance, Lowcock said.
The current Security Council mandate for U.N. cross-border deliveries expires on July 10.