US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Russia and China this week after both governments vetoed a crucial United Nations Security Council vote on delivering aid from Turkey and Iraq to civilians trapped in Syria.
“The Russian federation’s and China’s veto yesterday of a security council resolution that allows for humanitarian aid to reach millions of Syrians is shameful,” Pompeo said in a statement.
Aid was sent through four UN monitored checkpoints from Turkey and Iraq, through an internationally monitored programme, without the permission of the Syrian government. The UN resolution would have allowed such a programme to continue for another year but was voted down by Moscow and Beijing.
“To Russia and China, who have chosen to make a political statement by opposing this resolution, you have blood on your hands,” added Pompeo.
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