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Washington and its allies are using the humanitarian aid file in Syria as a cover to transfer weapons to terrorists, says Gatilov

Moscow, (ST) - The Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Office in Geneva and other international organizations, Gennady Gatilov, affirmed that the United States and its allies are using the humanitarian aid file in Syria as a cover to transfer weapons to armed terrorist organizations and undermine Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"It is no secret that the United States and its allies are using the humanitarian file to implement their political goals in Syria, which are limited to undermining its sovereignty and territorial integrityby providing specific political and economic facilities and aid to areas controlled by terrorist groups," Gatilov said in an interview with the Russian daily Izvestia in its issue today. 

He pointed out that the West stubbornly refuses to accept the changes on the ground that have occurred since the establishment of the delivery mechanism for humanitarian aid in 2014, calling on the West to start sending humanitarian aid from inside the country and stressing that the Syrian government is ready for positive cooperation in this field.

Gatilov added that the West is also using unilateral coercive measures on Syria to increase the pressure on the Syrian people 's livelihood, stressing that Russia is addressing this western policy with all means , which also contradicts the United Nations Charter.

Gatilov considered that the United Nations cannot prevent the delivery of weapons to terrorists in the de-escalation zone in Idlib under the guise of humanitarian aid because it does not exist in this region.

Ambassador Hossam El Din Ala, the permanent representative of Syria to the United Nations in Geneva, affirmed yesterday that the insistence of Western countries in the Security Council recently to deliver humanitarian aid to the areas where there are terrorist groups through illegal border crossings confirms the size of politicization that surrounds the positions of these countries once again. He renewed the commitment of the Syrian government by responding to the humanitarian needs of its citizens throughout the Syrian territories and by facilitating the delivery of aid from inside Syria and through legitimate border crossings, in line with the decisions governing the work of the humanitarian agencies affiliated to the United Nations.

Raghda Sawas

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