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Pompeo Says Russia, China Have ‘Blood On Their Hands’ For Veto Of Syrian Aid

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(RFE/RL) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Russia and China “have blood on their hands” for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended the delivery of cross-border humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria for a year.

Pompeo said in a December 21 statement that “there is no substitute for UN cross-border deliveries, and there are no viable alternatives to feeding millions of Syrians until the Syrian regime ceases its war on the Syrian people.”

Both China and Russia used their veto powers to block the resolution on December 20. The resolution was supported by the other 13 members of the Security Council.

A Russian counterproposal to extend the provision of aid to Syria by six months failed to receive the minimum nine votes.

Russia is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces have been engaged in a civil war since 2011. Most of the aid would have gone to areas not controlled by Assad’s forces.

Russia, which argued that the humanitarian situation in Syria had improved dramatically, has vetoed 14 Security Council resolutions regarding Syria since war broke out there.

The United Nations has been involved in the delivery of aid to millions of Syrians since 2014. The current mandate for aid deliveries runs out on January 10.

“We very much hope a solution can be found in the days ahead,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on December 20.

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3 thoughts on “Pompeo Says Russia, China Have ‘Blood On Their Hands’ For Veto Of Syrian Aid

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    December 22, 2019 at 10:55 am
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    And the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have no blood on their hands when they supported terrorists in Syria against a dully elected government.

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    December 22, 2019 at 11:09 am
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    Pompeo breaks my heart. How about US imperialism’s killing of Muslims over just the last 16 years. I have some data for Pompeo. Two millions innocents have been killed in Iraq; 200K innocent people killed in Afghanistan; a half million killed in Libya; one million innocent killed in Yemen; two million innocents killed in Syria; many thousands Palestinian people killed and more than three millions to die in Gaza.
    Mr. Pompeo you have a sea of blood on your hands. Faroon and Qaroon did not kill more.
    Now you blame China and Russia for the Syrian blood.
    Are you OK, body or too many donats raise the blood sugar.

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    December 22, 2019 at 12:15 pm
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    LMAO.What unbelievable hypochrisy!

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