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UN: Russia and China veto extension of cross-border aid to Syria01:57

UN: Russia and China veto extension of cross-border aid to Syria

United Nations, New York City
July 8, 2020 at 06:47 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russia and China voted to veto a UN Security Council draft resolution that would have extended approval for aid deliveries from Turkey to Syria on Tuesday.

The German-Belgian resolution, which was voted on remotely due to the coronavirus outbreak, would have extended UN approval for a year for aid deliveries via two crossings points on the Turkish border.

Cross-border aid deliveries from Turkey have been taking place with UN authorisation since 2014 and the Council has regularly approved extensions, with the latest set to end on Friday.

According to Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya, Moscow has drafted its own resolution that it wishes the council to vote on.

The Russian proposal would limit the extension of authorisation to six months, while reducing the number of border crossings to one.

China's Ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, condemned "unilateral coercive measures" taken against the Syrian government at the meeting, with Beijing calling the resolution "unobjective and unbalanced" in a written statement released afterwards.

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Russia and China voted to veto a UN Security Council draft resolution that would have extended approval for aid deliveries from Turkey to Syria on Tuesday.

The German-Belgian resolution, which was voted on remotely due to the coronavirus outbreak, would have extended UN approval for a year for aid deliveries via two crossings points on the Turkish border.

Cross-border aid deliveries from Turkey have been taking place with UN authorisation since 2014 and the Council has regularly approved extensions, with the latest set to end on Friday.

According to Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya, Moscow has drafted its own resolution that it wishes the council to vote on.

The Russian proposal would limit the extension of authorisation to six months, while reducing the number of border crossings to one.

China's Ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, condemned "unilateral coercive measures" taken against the Syrian government at the meeting, with Beijing calling the resolution "unobjective and unbalanced" in a written statement released afterwards.

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