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Russia opposes a humanitarian resolution on Syria


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's United Nations ambassador says Moscow is against a U.N. Security Council resolution that would push for greater humanitarian access to Syria to deliver desperately needed aid.

Vitaly Churkin told a press briefing Wednesday that "hard, pragmatic and purposeful work is necessary" to resolve specific humanitarian issues — not a new council resolution which will almost certainly aim "to politicize the problem."

Council diplomats said they expect to circulate a Western and Arab-backed draft resolution this week after peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition failed to achieve any concrete results last week, especially on possible humanitarian aid convoys to besieged parts of Homs.

Churkin said the latest information he saw on Tuesday was that an agreement on aid to Homs "is about to happen."


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