A macabre alliance between Russia, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and the Syrian regime has plunged Syrian communities into despair, condemned to die of starvation because of the blockade to which they are subjected.
Russia and the CCP vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would have renewed the provision of cross-border humanitarian aid to more than 1 million people.
“Over the last several months, Russia and the People’s Republic of China [CCP] have repeatedly abused their veto powers in the council to support the Assad regime strategy of starving its own people,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a July 8 press conference.
Sherine Tadros, the head of Amnesty International’s office at the U.N., also referred to this in a July 7 report.
“It’s impossible to overstate the importance of ensuring the crossing points, delivering vital aid, stay open. For millions of Syrians, it is the difference between having food to eat and starving,” said Tadros.
“For hospitals, it is about having enough supplies to save lives. That’s why Russia and China’s abuse of the veto power is despicable and dangerous,” Tadros said bluntly.
In addition, between January and February 2020, Syrian and Russian totalitarian forces attacked at least 18 times the civilian population, medical facilities, and schools in Idlib, West Aleppo, and Northwest Hama provinces in northwest Syria, forcing about 1 million people to continue their endless flight across the territory.
At the end of December, Russia, with support from the CCP, has added 14 vetoes during U.N. Security Council meetings since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011 to block aid shipments from other countries to millions of Syrian civilians, according to Reuters.
Under U.N. rules, a resolution needs a minimum of nine votes in favor and no vetoes from Russia, China, the United States, Britain, or France to be passed.
On that occasion, U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft told the council that she was in a state of shock, and warned that the consequences “will be disastrous,” as well as calling the opposition by Russia and China “reckless, irresponsible, and cruel.”
“That would cause a rapid increase in hunger and disease, resulting in death, suffering, and further displacement—including across borders—for a vulnerable population that has already suffered unspeakable tragedy as a result of almost nine years of conflict,” said Ursula Mueller, the U.N.’s deputy aid chief.
The tragedy in Syria is caused by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, plunging the country into civil war beginning in 2011.