China & Russia Veto Extending Syria Cross-Border Aid Routes Via Turkey

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Russia and China both vetoed a UN Security Council vote on Friday that was meant to guide cross-border aid transfer into Syria. The previous version of this authorization expired Friday night.

This was yet another East vs. West vote at the UN Security Council, reflecting the split on the future of Syria, and there was more to this language than initially meets the eye. At issue was the number of border crossings from Turkey into Turkey-controlled Syria.

Russian military police in northern Syria, AFP via Getty Images.

"The 15-member council has been split, with most members pitted against veto-powers Syrian ally Russia and China, who want to halve the number of border crossings for aid deliveries to Syria from Turkey to one, arguing those areas can now be reached with humanitarian help from within Syria," Reuters reports.

Because Syria is still fighting Turkish-backed rebels, Syria’s allies would like to see the opportunities for cross-border shenanigans minimized, and that means keeping aid limited to just one crossing.

The UN mandated two in their bill, which is why Russia and China vetoed it.

Western officials, who are pro regime-change, uniformly supported the UN plan, and followed up the veto by loudly condemning Russia for the humanitarian impact that the veto might conceivably have.

They emphasized the risk of Covid-19 in Syria, and suggested not enough is being done for the health care system.