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In Germany and Belgium commented on the blocking by Russia and China and their resolutions

Germany and Belgium deplore the fact that Russia and China vetoed their draft resolution on the work of the border crossings through which to Syria is being delivered cross-border humanitarian assistance.

Earlier, Russia and China vetoed in the UN security Council to a draft resolution of Belgium and Germany, extending by one year the operation of two border crossings ("Bab El-Hawa and Bab-es-Salam") on the border of Syria and Turkey to deliver cross-border humanitarian aid in Syria. For the resolution voted by all the other 13 members of the UN security Council. The mandate of the action the PPC will expire on 10 July.

Meanwhile, it says that the lock does not reduce the commitment of the two States. The authors write that the goal of two States remains the same: to alleviate the suffering of those in need of help.

"In the coming hours and days we will continue to work in this direction and urge all members of the Security Council to assume their responsibilities as members of this body," reads the statement.

In turn, the United States accused Russia and China of cynicism, the desire to "strangle humanitarian aid to Syria" and support Bashar al-Assad.

As stated by the U.S. permanent representative to the UN, Kelly Kraft, "Russia and China are considering the UN Security Council as another tool to promote their narrow national agenda".

Mode simplified the delivery of humanitarian and medical aid to Syria from neighbouring States (primarily across the border with Turkey) through the front lines and the border crossings since July 2014. Such a mechanism has been renewed annually. Under this mechanism, the humanitarian agencies of the UN and its partners had the right to use the routes through the confrontation lines and four border crossing points: "Bab-es-Salam", "Bab El-Hawa" (both on the border of Syria and Turkey), "El Arabiya" (the border of Syria and Iraq) and "al-Ramtha" (the border of Syria and Jordan).

As the Syrian army began to take control of more territories, Damascus and Moscow began to advocate a phasing out of the operation of border crossings. As argued by the Russian and Syrian parties, and now humanitarian aid must be delivered to the areas through the territory of Syria, and not from the territory of neighboring States.

In January, the UN security Council extended the mandate of only two checkpoints on the border with Turkey. "El Arabiya and al-Ramtha" has ceased to function in the framework of cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid.

On Tuesday, after blocking the resolution on the extension of the year-PPC "Bab El-Hawa and Bab-es-Salam" Russia has announced that it will introduce its draft resolution. It involves the extension of the six months of operation only one border crossing - "Bab-El-Hawa".

As pointed out by Russia's envoy to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia, the mechanism of cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid "was conceived as a temporary emergency measure that the Security Council has endorsed, to provide humanitarian support to the conflict-ridden country." Now, according to Russia's permanent representative to the UN, "the time has come to gradually phase out this mechanism in order to replace it with compostable to be carried out in accordance with the principles outlined in the UN General Assembly resolution 46/182".