UNITED NATIONS, September 16. /TASS/. Russia is worried over possible theft or re-sale of humanitarian aid to Syria, since there is no mechanism of aid distribution, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Chumakov said on Wednesday.
"The aid has not reach people, being stored at a warehouse attended by anonymous but so-called trusted partners. We would like to understand: are these partners from among the list of 80 NGOs [non-government organizations] from the secretary general’s latest report or not? How should we know that the humanitarian aid is not embezzled or sold to those in need?," he said at a UN Security Council meeting.
The Russian diplomat welcomed the delivery of UN humanitarian assistance to the Idlib de-escalation zone but stressed that the task of its delivery to those in need cannot be considered attained without a mechanism of humanitarian aid distribution.
A UN humanitarian convoy delivered 150 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes to the Idlib de-escalation zone in early September. The convoy’s security was ensured by the Russian and Syrian military.