ASTANA, November 22. /TASS/. Russia insists that the transborder mechanism for providing assistance to Syria has become outdated and should be abandoned, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the international round of the Astana talks on Syria, Lavrentyev said, "We will certainly discuss the transborder mechanism of humanitarian assistance deliveries with our partners. We in the Russian Federation insist that the mechanism is outdated and should be cast aside."
The Russian envoy described the amounts of assistance pledged to Syria earlier as insufficient and almost minimal, including the aid meant for the pro-governmental areas of the country. "This is indicative not of a deficit in money, but rather of the reluctance of some countries to render any efficient assistance to the legitimate Syrian government," he argued.