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Washington extends cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria for 12 months

Washington renewed its insistence on extending the mechanism for the transfer of humanitarian aid to Syria across the border for a period of 12 months, considering it a "necessary matter", according to "Russia Today".

Reuters quoted an official at the United States Mission to the United Nations as saying that UN agencies and humanitarian organizations believe that the 12-month extension of the mechanism is "essential for its work to deliver aid in a secure manner while the protracted operations to find aid continue."

The US official added that "this is the moment for the UN Security Council to take its step and its members work together." The Security Council is expected to vote on a draft resolution on the fate of the aid transfer mechanism to Syria.

Russia has opposed extending the mechanism for a period of 12 months, while diplomatic sources say that it has submitted a proposal to extend the operation of the Bab al-Hawa crossing for a period of 6 months.

It is noteworthy that the mechanism was established in 2014, when the aid was transported through 4 crossings. In subsequent years 3 of them were closed. Russia calls for stopping this mechanism and transferring humanitarian aid in coordination with the Syrian government and across the territories under its control.