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Russia FM pins responsibility for helping refugees on countries that initiated conflicts

September 08, 2015, 14:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Justice demands that the countries that initiated conflicts bear greater responsibility for providing humanitarian aid," said Sergey Lavrov
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MOSCOW, September 8. /TASS/. The bureaucratic approach towards solving the problems of refugees will not work, because the causes of the problem are political ones, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Vice-President of the European Commission Kristalina Georgieva on Tuesday.

"Justice demands that the countries that initiated conflicts bear greater responsibility for providing humanitarian aid," he said.

"Of course, there is a temptation just to see how much more money will be required [for humanitarian assistance - TASS] and recommend the governments to allocate additional funding. I heard that someone suggested doing this without fail," the minister said. "But such mechanical approach will not work. You see it by the example of attempts by the EU to solve the refugee problem in a similar way."

"Anyway, such approach cannot work here, since the roots of the problem are political ones," Lavrov added.

Georgieva is in Moscow as a co-chair of the High-Level Panel on UN Humanitarian Financing.

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