Russia: US, UK, France Politicizing Syria Crisis

Russia: US, UK, France Politicizing Syria Crisis
Sat Jan 16, 2016 17:22:02

Russia has accused the United States, Britain and France of politicizing the humanitarian crisis in Syria, saying it risks derailing the peace process.

Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov made the remarks Friday at a Security Council meeting called by the three countries to discuss the Syria situation.

Safronkov questioned the motives of Britain, France and the US in calling for the meeting, saying it was "unnecessary noise" that politicizes a humanitarian crisis.

He said the insistence on holding the meeting “gives the impression that attempts are being made to undermine the launch of the inter-Syrian dialogue scheduled for Jan. 25” in Geneva.

“As the date for the launch draws closer there is all this unnecessary noise,” he said.

Safronkov also accused the three countries of "double standards" by focusing on the suffering in Madaya, while saying "not a word" about plight in towns under siege by militants.

Addressing the council, Syrian Deputy Ambassador Mounzer Mounzer said the government had deployed "all of its efforts and resources to provide assistance to all those who are suffering without discrimination."

He said no one cares more about the Syrian nation than the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The government recently allowed international humanitarian aid to enter Madaya where militants are besieged by Syrian army forces.

Damascus says aid delivered to the city in October last year had been looted by terrorists and sold to civilians at inflated prices.

On Friday, Monzour said the government was trying to safeguard humanitarian workers and prevent aid deliveries from falling into the wrong hands.

The Syrian air force also airdropped some 22 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor with assistance from the Russian military.

Deir ez-Zor, which is home to some 200,000 people, is surrounded by militants from the Daesh Takfiri group, Press TV reported.

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