Russia’s draft resolution for continuing humanitarian aid for war-torn Syria has failed at the United Nations Security Council, German UN ambassador Christoph Heusgen said on Wednesday.
The Russian proposal is a counter-resolution to the German-Belgian draft resolution vetoed by Russia and China on Tuesday.
Only four countries voted for the Russian draft resolution – Russia, China, Vietnam, and South Africa.
Seven, including Germany, the United States, Britain, and France, voted against it.
The remaining four countries abstained.
Germany’s UN mission said Russia’s proposal did not fulfil the basic requirements outlined by the UN’s office of human affairs or by non-governmental organisations.
The current resolution has allowed the UN to bring vital relief to the war torn country since 2014 via border crossings that are not controlled by the Syrian government, forming a vital lifeline for millions of Syrians.
Russia, the main backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has sought to place the delivery of aid through border crossings that are controlled by the Syrian government.
After successfully pushing the UN to stop sending aid through two of four border crossings, Russia now wants to restrict all UN aid to one crossing along the Turkey-Syria border.
The powerful United Nations body, currently chaired by Germany, now has until Friday to agree on a successor arrangement.
Since the outbreak of the Syria conflict in March 2011, some estimates say at that at least 500,000 people have been killed.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
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