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US blocks Russia-proposed draft resolution — FM

August 22, 2014, 18:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW

On August 21, Russia suggested adopting a UN Security Council Resolution to support the delivery of relief aid to the conflict-hit eastern Ukraine

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MOSCOW, August 22. /ITAR-TASS/. The US decision to block the adoption of a UN Security Council draft resolution on aid to Ukraine leaves no doubt the United States wants to continue the armed confrontation in that country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday, commenting on US decision to block the Russia-proposed draft resolution on relief aid to the population in southeast Ukraine.

On August 21, Russia suggested adopting a UN Security Council Resolution to support the delivery of relief aid to the conflict-hit eastern Ukraine.

“The United States and Lithuania blocked Russia’s constructive initiative. They suggested that calls to end the hostilities and ensure the safe delivery of relief cargo (to the recipients) as well as a reference to the fact that the cargo was sent by the Russian side be excluded from the draft’s text,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“Moreover, the opponents considered that it would be justified to include a provision that blames ‘separatists’ for the current situation in southeast Ukraine: no separatists, no humanitarian problems,” the Russian Foreign Ministry explained.

“If the United States voted against the absolutely non-confrontational and reconciling draft, it means that its aim is to continue the armed confrontation in Ukraine. Its actions cannot be described otherwise than an attempt to ‘sabotage’ the humanitarian mission,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“The duality of this policy is obvious. Cynical disregard for the fates of peaceful civilians and a slapdash attitude to international humanitarian law when geopolitical interests are in question are becoming the core of a policy, which the United States and its European allies are pursuing towards Ukraine,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

Moscow is having more and more questions on whether the current US administration is capable of working out realistic and pragmatic approaches to international problems and giving adequate assessment to situations in various parts of the world.

The Russia-proposed draft resolution contained a call on the UN Security Council to welcome and approve the delivery of Russian and Ukrainian relief cargoes supervised by the ICRC to southeast Ukraine; as well as calls to all parties in conflict to ensure the convoys’ safe passage and announce a ceasefire; ensure immediate distribution of the relief aid by the ICRC among the war-stricken civilian population. The draft’s authors also expressed the hope that the world community, the United Nations, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the ICRC and the donor countries, would continue drawing attention to the need to alleviate the grave humanitarian situation in southeast Ukraine.

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