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Russia outraged over ISIL distribution of stolen UN humanitarian aid

February 27, 2015, 5:59 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
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UNITED NATIONS, February 27. /TASS/. Russia is outraged over the reports claiming that the Islamic State distributes humanitarian aid stolen from the United Nations with the terrorist group’s logotypes, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told a meeting of the world organisation’s Security Council on Thursday.

"We deeply resent the reports that the Islamic State actually steals relief aid from the UN agents and then distributes it with their own logotypes," Safronkov said. "We quite understand that all legal means for supplying the civilians, who are under the terrorists’ control, with humanitarian aid should be applied but under the condition of ensuring relevant guarantees so that such incidents would never happen again."

Evidently, "troubles, civilians in the Syrian Arab Republic face in the sphere of access to humanitarian aid, have rooted in a complicated situation with security, first of all in the activity of terroristic organisations," he said expressing his deep concern over the situation in the IS-controlled Syrian cities of Rakka and Deir ez-Zor.

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-Wha Kang told the 15-member Security Council that "Some 600,000 people have not received food assistance in the governorates since last December."

Russian deputy permanent representative strongly criticised UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s recent report on the humanitarian situation in Syria, in which militants were called "opposition."

Safronkov urged the UN SC "to provide an adequate evaluation to terrorists and their actions."

"It is inadmissible to name as ‘opposition’ Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State put by the UN on a sanctions list," the Russian diplomat said. "It is categorically unacceptable and politically incorrect. This should never happen again".

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